At this point, I have sold plasma for extra cash on several different occasions. Plasma is mostly water, and is used in various medical situations such as in surgery, and to facilitate wounds during the healing process.
Here are some questions about donating plasma I now feel I'm qualified to answer:
1.) How much does it pay?
Yes, that's really
an important question. The answer is, it varies. Before making the
choice to sell plasma you should consider all the important points. The
process takes time, sometimes several hours for first-time participants,
so it's important to know if selling plasma will be worth your time.
was paid $55 on my first and second visit. This is no doubt a way to get
people in the door, as the price is dropped after the first couple of
visits, and I now make $35 the first visit of the week, and $40 on the
second. Still, not bad for basically doing nothing.
2.) How much
time does it take?
On my first visit I was in the waiting room for
approximately four hours, followed by the actual procedure, and that
took a little under an hour. After that, I have found the average time
to be around 2-3 hours. I have heard that other areas have a much
shorter waiting time than at the place I participate.
3.) How do plasma centers screen donors?
On the first visit, you will have to go through a
physical. It's pretty basic, dealing mostly with overall health. They
check reflexes, shine a light in your eyes, listen to your heart, etc.
Also on your first visit, and every visit following, you will have your
blood checked (which requires your finger to be pricked and squeezed),
your temperature will be taken, blood pressure and pulse checked, and
your weight will be checked.
On every visit you will have to answer
numerous questions regarding health and illnesses, time spent in other
countries, if you have been to jail, and if you're feeling well that
day. These questions are significantly abbreviated after the first
visit, when you are also asked about tattoos and piercings (you will not
be able to participate if you have had a piercing or tattoo, including
any alterations, within the last year).
4.) What's the plasma donation procedure like?
The actual procedure isn't that bad for people who aren't
afraid of needles. For me, I get a little nervous every single visit
because I don't like needles. Honestly, pulling the tape from my arm
hurts worse that the actual needle prick.
So, your name is called, and
someone takes you back to a bunch of really comfortable chairs with
single armrests. They will most likely ask which arm you would prefer
having the needle in. They will take you to a chair, ask you the last
four digits of your social security number, rub iodine on your arm, and
stick the needle in. They will ask you to pump your fist to help the
process along. I usually bring a book, and actually enjoy myself most
You will be able to participate in this process twice a
week as long as you remain healthy. I have been turned away for having a
high temperature before, so I would suggest staying home on days you
don't feel well. Remember to eat a good meal before you go, and stay
hydrated because they will be taking about half a gallon on fluid from
5.) Does Donating Have any Side Effects?
The process could make you feel dizzy or nauseous if you try
to sell on an empty stomach. A constant side-effect for me is the
feeling of fatigue, but that can be countered by drinking more fluids
and having a good meal after the visit. Overall, my experiences selling
plasma have been pleasant and profitable.