Donating Blood? Blood Donors Should Be Aware of These Requirements & Restrictions

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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According to the American Red Cross, only 1 in 100 people donates blood — even though the need for blood is constant. "Many people are reluctant to make their first blood donation," the Red Cross notes, "but once they do, they find the donation process to be easy and gratifying." In fact, one donation can help save up to three lives. However, if you're thinking of donating blood — for the first time or the hundredth — it's essential that you learn more about the requirements and restrictions first.