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    Should I donate blood

    Currently my hematocrit is on the fringe at 50.4% (range: 37.5 - 51%)

    I hate getting bloodwork done so I'm trying to avoid this if possible. Is it time to donate, or am I still in the clear?

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    Donate while you can, if you get too out of whack, they may not take your blood

    Me I'm O- my blood values often times could be overlooked if slightly out of range, as I'm a universal donor

    But I can only receive O-..

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Corgan SMP View Post
    Donate while you can, if you get too out of whack, they may not take your blood

    Me I'm O- my blood values often times could be overlooked if slightly out of range, as I'm a universal donor

    But I can only receive O-..

    What would constitute too "out of whack?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffeehead View Post
    What would constitute too "out of whack?"
    They do a prick test for some value that I don't quit understand, iron or something

    we had a thread about it a few weeks ago on here I'll try to dig it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Corgan SMP View Post
    Donate while you can, if you get too out of whack, they may not take your blood

    Me I'm O- my blood values often times could be overlooked if slightly out of range, as I'm a universal donor

    But I can only receive O-..
    Agreed, take action (donate) before problems start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffeehead View Post
    Currently my hematocrit is on the fringe at 50.4% (range: 37.5 - 51%)

    I hate getting bloodwork done so I'm trying to avoid this if possible. Is it time to donate, or am I still in the clear?
    You can donate, but I would just do a whole blood donation and not a double RBC. With a whole blood donation, you can donate again in 56 days, with a double red, you have to wait 112 days.
    You aren't really in a bad place yet, but it is usually easier to maintain a good value if you aren't struggling to get it back in range.
    The test they will give you when you donate is a simple finger stick to check your hemoglobin levels. You can take that number and multiply by 3 to get a rough idea of your hematocrit/packed cell volume, but it is only a general calculation and not as accurate as when they actually spin out the components like they do as part of a CBC.
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    Yes, donate

    It's def a good practice

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    Donate as often as you can its healthy for you and don't relax on blood tests, they're extremely important

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    Would you guys say it's good to donate even on a test only cycle?

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    Exogenous Testosterone especially at above normal levels can definitely raise Hemocrit. It’s very important to get regular blood work to make sure that your Hemocrit is within normal range. And donate immediately if it’s too high.

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