I Can't Donate Blood

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 169 People

    Ink and Weakness

    I have Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, I'm tired a lot and I have tattoos fairly regularly, so I've been struck off the list. I had 3 transfusions as a preemie baby and I'd dearly love to return the gift. I am a registered organ donor, instead.  
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Jun 26, 2008

    Ever X.(

    I would love to donate blood as frequently as possible. I want to so badly! I'd love to help. I went to my school's blood donation thingy, filled out all the paperwork, waited to be processed for over an hour, lied down on the bed ready to give blood, and then the volunteers told...
    kimlost kimlost
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 15, 2013

    I Can't Donate Blood

    I donated blood once and fainted they told me not to comeback. I was very dizzy just before I fainted. I never did go back.
    aquarius3 aquarius3
    Dec 8, 2011

    When someone bleeds I just get dizzy

    and can't stay in the room
    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

    I'm Underweight!

    I can't donate blood! Im so underweight, it looks like I'm the one who needs it more!!lol! I want to because a lot of people really need it but unfortunately I can't. I don't wanna gain weight either coz its bad for my career.
    chameleonchiq chameleonchiq
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 18, 2010

    Survivor...... Maybe....

    Last year I survived osteomylitis, but some of the cells are still in my blood.I get bad infections all the time because there Is staff in my blood and there's nothing I can do about it. I want to save a kids life by donating blood sooooooooooo bad but I'm not allowed to. Ever.
    Jordanismyrealname Jordanismyrealname
    18-21, F
    Sep 30, 2013

    Nothing Wrong, Still Can't Donate.

    The stupidest thing I have ever heard was when the phlebotomists at the Red Cross declared that I couldn't donate blood. Of course, this was back in 2003. Maybe a little history needs to be told. You see, the fact that I can't give blood is really no fault of my own. I'm healthy...
    PamperedDuchess PamperedDuchess
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Sep 4, 2011

    Permanently Prohibited From Donating

    Reasons for permanent prohibition include......"Are a man who has had sex with another man since 1977, even once"...
    Dragon56 Dragon56
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jan 26, 2010

    I Could But I Can't.

    I have vasovagal syncope blood phobia.  Which means, if blood comes out of me.. Or if I see blood from anyone, I will most likely faint.  It has gotten alot worse since my anxiety disorder has worsened.  Now it is even hard for me on the first day of me period...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin
    22-25, F
    4 Responses May 6, 2009

    I went to the Blood Drive with my friends,

    but I couldn't give blood because I don't weigh enough, apparently. I was the only one in my group of friends who didn't give blood. So I consoled myself with free snacks and a free T-shirt.
    kalila37 kalila37
    22-25, F
    Apr 15, 2014

    I can't donate due to past medication,

    I will double check on that to make sure the doctor wasn't wrong.
    persononinternet persononinternet
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 11, 2014

    Once Went To A Plasma Center Cuz I Was Broke

    I was reading the info you get before you donate/sell your plasma...was alarmed by the fact that after they take out the blood, then they put back what they don't need! I was imagining air bubbles or just plastic residue....so at this point I am kind of looking for an out. Then I...
    ultimatereality ultimatereality
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 15, 2012

    Tiny Veins!

    The reason I can't donate blood is the silliest ever. I wanted to give blood so I went to a blood collection place. They tried to take my blood for 15 minutes but couldn't because... my veins are too small for their needles! Apparently, in order to draw a worthwhile quantity of...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Nov 22, 2009

    High Pulse Rate

    I thought I couldn't donate because of my piercings, however since they were professionally done, it is not a problem.  So I finally decided to do it.  I have no problem with needles.  In fact, I like needles and blood too much.  The problem was my pulse rate...
    Sncats Sncats
    26-30, T
    1 Response Jun 17, 2009

    I have always wanted to donate blood.

    However, I eventually learned that I am unable to do so due to the information I acquired after learning that there is to be a blood drive occurring at my school next month. After looking at the basic requirements for being a blood donor, I learned that I cannot donate blood due...
    AiKii AiKii
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Feb 15, 2014


    always and forever shall i be underweight to give blood   thank you jesus! :P i dont like inanimate objects in my body draining what feels like my life away..
    Paine316 Paine316
    18-21, M
    4 Responses May 24, 2009

    Because They Are Afraid I'll Pass Out If I Do

    Dammit, I don't care if I pass out... Why must they have that dammed weight limit? If my blood is good enough, let me donate it! I won't ever know if it's good enough anyhow, I doubt. I just learned today (doctor appt) that I've lost even more weight..... All I want to do is help...
    espritdescalier espritdescalier
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 15, 2009


     i dont weigh enough to donate blood. You're supposed to weight 110 and I'm only 100. But I lied about my weight and donated anyways. I didn't pass out, but my hand did turn bright red and got really swollen afterwards. Then they asked me if I really did weigh enough. Of...
    silencedsilver silencedsilver
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 7, 2009

    I Would If I Could and Realy Wish I Could..

    I have many reasons that they will not let me donate. From anemia, and my recent bp problems the last 4-5 years and meds for it(when I take them to my veins that roll making it very difficult. The biggest one which permanently disqualifies me is that when I was 15-16 I...
    shuttermagic shuttermagic
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 29, 2008

    Bloody Waste Of Time

    Last year in an unusual burst of generosity, I decided to try and participate in my school's blood drive. I was too young to donate without parental consent, and the teacher behind the whole thing gave me a card to sign and have a parent sign: A permission slip for someone to...
    Wittyname1234 Wittyname1234
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Jul 7, 2010

    Well. I can't donate

    for three reasons. One: I don't weigh enough. Two: I have thalassemia, it's a weird genetic blood disorder. Basically, I have anemia. So my blood cells are kinda weird :P no one wants that lol. And three: I'm REALLY afraid of needles xP
    Yourguardianangel9613 Yourguardianangel9613
    18-21, F
    Dec 10, 2013

    I unfortunately have inherited the

    predisposition of thalassaemia from my dad and that's why I can't donate (very low hematocrit and irregular haemoglobin). I'd really love to help other people if I could, since in my country there are many people with thalassaemia or the predisposition so we need blood but...
    ScissorhandsFingeredMe ScissorhandsFingeredMe
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 4, 2016


    Back in 1967 I had 3 major operations on my brain, to relieve pressure on my brain, my surgeon put a shunt into my head, in all I was in hospital for nearly a year, as I've grown-up now, I've wanted to donate blood, but the blood people won't accept me, I've spoken to my surgeon...
    deleted deleted
    Feb 3, 2012

    I'd Be Happy to Donate Blood.

    I'm a cutter, so I have no problems with giving up blood.  I've tried to give blood but they insist on having a listen to your heart first, and mine's a bit dicky so they refuse to take my blood.
    Dropbear Dropbear
    46-50, M
    1 Response May 25, 2009

    Regular Donor, Until The Law Changed

    When I was in college, I would donate every 57 days. There was a blood center on campus and I would put it on my calendar when I was eligible again. Back around 1994, I tried to donate and during the pre-screening, I was told that I was not eligible. They couldn't tell me why...
    ezrider ezrider
    2 Responses May 13, 2010

    I donated blood twice annually

    for 34 years , until I had to start taking blood thinners and blood pressure pills :(
    boxersoff4u boxersoff4u
    56-60, M
    Dec 2, 2014

    I'm Gay!

    I hate that when you go to donate blood that they ask your sexual orientation. Just because I'm gay doesn't mean i'm not safe in the matter of getting  myself and my partner checked. We both know we are clean we don't have aids and it kills me that just because I'm a lesbian...
    BananaRevolution BananaRevolution
    26-30, F
    3 Responses May 24, 2009

    Never Been Accepted!

    I have gone many times to donate blood - my blood type is O negative. But I am anemic always and am also bipolar so take meds to control that - and both of these factors mean that I have always been rejected. However I still get mail from time to time asking me if I will go and...
    Flugelblues Flugelblues
    31-35, F
    Sep 30, 2009

    I Have Lyme Disease

    I would love to be able to donate blood.  Whenever that big red bus comes to my job site, everyone else gets to go and feel great about their good deed of the day.    I wish I didn't have to explain to everyone why I can't.    I'm not afraid of...
    Inknote Inknote
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 8, 2009

    I'm anemic & my vitamin levels are naturally

    low! haha can't donate blood
    countryanon countryanon
    18-21, F
    Feb 15, 2014

    Some Facts About Blood Donation. Thank You Google !

    Facts about donors 34. The #1 reason donors say they give blood is because they "want to help others" 35. Two most common reasons cited by people who don't give blood are: "Never thought about it" and...
    deleted deleted
    7 Responses May 26, 2009

    Meds Prevent It

    so I have never even tried to donate blood because I already know that I'm not allowed. I am on anti-depressants and mood stabilizers so I am not allowed to donate. I hate this because I have always wanted to give blood. my blood is very rare. and They need more of it. maybe they...
    cindy17 cindy17
    18-21, F
    5 Responses May 26, 2009

    Pulse Too Fast..

    I have tried to give blood four different times, but I haven't been able to due to my pulse being anywhere from 101-121 bpm : It sucks. I try at every school blood drive. Anyone have any tips to lower it?
    hiimcrysta hiimcrysta
    Mar 7, 2011

    I wish I could donate blood.

    I have a much-desired/in-demand blood type, but because I lived in Europe during the whole Mad Cow epidemics, I am in eligible to donate. This bothers me greatly.
    fakeenglishman fakeenglishman
    31-35, M
    1 Response Feb 16, 2014

    Sometimes I Wish That I Could, But I Am Also Thankful That I Can't!

    My mother had Hepatitis while she was pregnant with me (turns out you can get it during pregnancy).  She was put in isolation until and even after I was born - they put me in the room with her.   So, long story short, I was exposed to Hepatitis at birth...
    DorothyofOz DorothyofOz
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Jul 5, 2009

    Mad Cow?

    I lived in Germany when the mad cow scare was going on, and because I lived there, they won't take my blood.  Sad, I'd love to help out.
    fivelettergal fivelettergal
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 21, 2009

    It's a Right Pain!

    I'm dying to give blood, my mum does, and I always thought it would be the right thing to do... My dad can't either, he takes athsma medication, but I haven't taken that for ages. Thing is, I'm pretty tiny for my age, and when they went to take the sample, they couldn't...
    ourdoubtsaretraitors ourdoubtsaretraitors
    May 27, 2009

    Too Young..

    I'd really love to donate blood.. but the rules say that you're not allowed to donate blood before you're 18.. at least in my country..
    deleted deleted
    Jan 24, 2008

    For Those Who Can Donate Blood But Almost Always Get Deferred, Some Hope! :)

    I have problems with autoimmune diseases and I'm slightly anemic. A year or two after my first deferral I would find out that it's not a problem with my iron levels, it's literally a problem with the hemoglobin itself; it doesn't like to bind to the iron. Since I'm fine beside...
    IluvTori3 IluvTori3
    18-21, F
    Sep 16, 2011

    Donating Blood

    Although donating blood is neither glamourous nor comfortable, I would love to do it. It's something that is needed, and I try my best to help others. However, I take lithium, and medications that require a serum blood level are unacceptable. I almost feel guilty or inadequate. I...
    BleuJean BleuJean
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Apr 1, 2009

    Still Suspended!

    I first went on the registry when I was 18, when the opportunity came around to try and give for the first time they told me I was borderline on the weight limit and I could potentially faint if I did. Also with several cases of self injury, I also failed to keep the time periods...
    XanthiaJo XanthiaJo
    26-30, F
    Aug 4, 2011
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