Medical Q&As

The pill - safe to donate blood?

I have always wondered if it is possible to donate blood if you are on the pill?

It is perfectly safe to donate blood if you are on the contraceptive pill and it is also safe for a woman on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to do so. However, in the case of other long-term medication it is best to check first with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service to establish if your donation would be suitable. As a general rule it is suggested that you refrain from donating blood for one week after completing a short-term course of medication and in the case of taking antibiotics it is suggested that you defer donating blood for approximately two weeks.