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    Any reason to donate plateletes?

    I am going to start donating blood and they asked if I would donate platelets as well. I did not know if that is helpful for me or not or just to them.

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    not unless you have more than enough. whole blood is the easiest way to lower RBC, Hemoglobin and Hematocrit. another way is to do double reds.

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    I was talked into it once, it took a bit longer and the needle was huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipOwens View Post
    I was talked into it once, it took a bit longer and the needle was huge.
    I was told at the donor center where I regularly go is that it takes two hours, and they use the same gauge needle they ordinarily do, a 16ga

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    Quote Originally Posted by Times Roman

    I was told at the donor center where I regularly go is that it takes two hours, and they use the same gauge needle they ordinarily do, a 16ga
    No idea why it looked bigger to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasondd1 View Post
    I am going to start donating blood and they asked if I would donate platelets as well. I did not know if that is helpful for me or not or just to them.
    maybe as a gesture of goodwill.

    there shouldn't be any need to donate platelets on TRT. in fact, I do not believe it's necessary to donate blood either if you can take less T and avoid the sides; but really, that is my personal opinion and surely debatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HRTstudent View Post

    maybe as a gesture of goodwill.

    there shouldn't be any need to donate platelets on TRT. in fact, I do not believe it's necessary to donate blood either if you can take less T and avoid the sides; but really, that is my personal opinion and surely debatable.
    Of course if levels stay in the normal range, no need to donate.

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    The problem is with platelets and double reds is you have to wait 4 months to donate again. With whole blood, you can go every two months.

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