Weighing up the pros and cons

The biggest benefit of autologous donation is that you’ll receive your own blood, and that it will be available if needed. There is also no risk of adverse reaction as a result of incompatibility or picking up possible donor infections.

Who won’t make the grade?

You won't be able to become an autologous donor in the case of:

Who qualifies?

Going under the knife? If your doctor or surgeon foresees the need for donor blood, you could consider autologous donation. Pregnant women may also donate autologously provided there are no complications during the pregnancy.

You can become an autologous donor if:

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