Two brilliant selfless things to do, need highlighting in my opinion.
Donating your sperm
Quote from previous thread
“Sperm donors can receive up to £35 per clinic visit to cover their expenses, with more available for higher expenses such as travel, accommodation or childcare. It’s illegal to pay sperm donors more than their reasonable expenses.”
Normally only between age 18 and 41 though and anyone whose relatives have had a DNA test should know that they may be able to find you that way.
The Platelet Donation Process
(How often can I donate platelets?
Platelet donors may donate up to 24 times a year with a minimum interval between donations of 14 days.
How long does a platelet donation take?
A platelet donation takes up to 90 minutes. You will be asked to undergo a Donor Health Check (as with blood donation) first and encouraged to have a short rest and drink afterwards. You can expect to the whole process to take up to 2 hours
Are the donor eligibility criteria the same for platelet and blood donors?
Eligibility criteria in terms of age and health are the same for blood and platelet donors, but for platelet donation we need to assess your height and weight ratio to check your blood volume – for more information click here to see the matrix. There is one additional medication rule: you cannot donate platelets if you have taken aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, piroxicam or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen in the last 48 hours. This is because these drugs affect the potency and performance of your platelets.
Once I start donating platelets, can I still donate blood?
Once you join the platelet panel, we ask you to give platelets only. This helps us maintain our supply of platelets to patients by having a panel of committed donors on whom we can call. If you wish to return to donating blood after donating platelets, then you will need to wait 4 weeks before donating blood
What if I change my mind about donating platelets?
You can change your mind at any time. If you do decide that platelet donation is not for you, we hope that you will continue to give blood donations.
Is platelet donation safe?
Yes. Platelet donations are performed in a highly-controlled, sterile environment by professionally trained staff. All platelet collection equipment is sterilized and equipment that is in contact with the donor’s blood is used only once, eliminating the possibility of transmitting any viral infection.
What are platelets used for?
What are platelets?
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