How To Donate Plasma For Extra Pocket Money

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 Would you like to make some extra money? If you’re like most of us, you probably answered yes to that question. Whether it’s to make an important purchase, pay off a loan or make a dream come true, a little extra money in your pocket feels nice. But how do you get the money? That can be a daunting question, especially if you’ve tried to earn extra money before and had little to no success. It turns out, there is an easy way to increase the amount of cash flowing into your wallet, and it’s something that most people aren’t aware of. Perhaps you are asking what this mysterious money making method is. If so, the answer is flowing through your veins right now. That’s right. You can donate plasma for money, and in this article, I will explain exactly how you go about it.

Step 1: Check With Your Doctor

If you are going to donate plasma, it’s important that you check with your doctor first. Though a doctor can’t actually confirm without the shadow of a doubt that you are a good candidate to be eligible for plasma donation, they can tell if you are likely to be. They can also discuss any problems that could keep you from donating. Furthermore, it is required that you pass a medical exam before donating plasma for money.


Eligibility Requirements

There are several conditions you need to meet before you can donate plasma.

   You must be eighteen years of age.

    You must weigh at least 110 pounds. (50 KG)

    You must pass a medical exam.

    You must complete an extensive medical history screening.

    You must test nonreactive to transmissible viruses such as Hepatitis and HIV. (Don’t worry. This test is completely safe.)

    You should follow a diet containing 50 to 80 grams of protein daily.


Step 2: Find your Plasma Collection Center

Finding a plasma collection center is as easy as an Internet search. Simply input the search term “Find a plasma center” into your favorite search engine. It will likely pull up the nearest collection center to you. It will also provide websites that will list the centers for your country.

If you are in the United States, you can use the Donating Plasma Organization’s database. This database allows you to set the radius of your search to within ten miles of your home, making it a cinch to find a center nearby.

If you don’t want to use the Internet, you can also call the nearest hospital. Their phone number should be in any phone book. The hospital can tell you where the nearest plasma collection center is.

Once you have found the center you want to use, it’s a good idea to call ahead of your visit to ask for their hours of operation. While you’re on the phone with them, be sure to ask any questions you might have. Making an appointment isn’t necessary, but asking for a time when they aren’t busy might be worthwhile.

Step 3: Identify Yourself

Before heading out to the plasma center, it is important to make sure your identification is up-to-date. The center will need your ID to know you are who you say you are. There are three pieces of identification you need to bring.

   Photo ID. This could be a driver’s license. In the US, this could also be a valid state ID.

    Social Security card or equivalent.

    Proof of local address. This could be a utility bill, a lease agreement or any piece of mail, clearly postmarked within the last thirty days, with your name and address on the front.


Step Four: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Though there are no dietary changes you need to make until the day before plasma donation other than making sure you eat 50-80 grams of protein a day, it is still imperative that you eat and drink before you head to the center. This will help make sure you don’t have the faintness and dizziness some people have when blood is drawn. Drink a four to six ounce glass of water or juice. Eat a meal rich in iron and protein about three hours before you head out to the center. Iron-rich foods include beans, beef, ham, liver and leafy greens. Proteins include such foods as beans, ham and cheese. If you do all of these things, you will be ready to donate plasma. The next sections will go over what actually goes on at a plasma collection center and how to get your compensation.



Though eating and drinking is necessary before donating plasma, there are a couple of kinds of food you should avoid. Firstly, don’t drink any alcoholic beverages for at least twenty-four hours before your donation day. Also, avoid high-fat foods in your pre-donation meal such as chips or candy.


Step Five: Physical Exam and Donor History

If this is your first time visiting the collection center, you will undergo a brief physical exam. During this exam, a technician will prick your finger and get a blood sample to test your iron and protein levels. If your levels of either of these are too low, you might not be able to donate until they are back to normal.

After you have finished the physical exam, you need to fill out a donor history. This questionnaire is very important and should be answered honestly as it will tell the collection center facts about your health such as any viruses you have that might be transmitted to people via your plasma. Some plasma centers also ask that you watch a video about unprotected sex and other acts that can taint your plasma.


Step Six: The Donation

If you are found eligible to be a donor, you’ll be taken by a technician to a comfortable bed. The technician will swab your arm with antiseptic and insert a needle to draw blood. Don’t worry. This won’t hurt. You’ll only feel a little pinch. Then the plasma is separated and the red blood cells are returned to your body through the same needle.

This process takes a while. It’s okay to read a book, listen to music if you have headphones or even nap. Some centers also offer free Wi-Fi for playing games or checking email.

Staff members will ask you how you are doing periodically. If you feel dizzy or faint, you should let them know.

Your first visit to a plasma center will take about two hours. After that, additional visits will run about ninety minutes.


Step Seven: Get Paid!

After you have donated and the area has been bandaged, you are paid for your time. Though rates vary, the averages are between $20 and $50.


How Often Can I Donate Plasma For Money?

How often you can donate depends on the plasma center, though most plasma centers like committed donors. Some centers will let you come back within forty-eight hours, for example, while others make you wait a month before donating again to make sure everything is safe. Make sure to check with your center to see what their requirements are.

There are also incentives to give blood for money. Some corporations and centers will offer bonuses if you donate a certain number of times per month or in specific weeks, meaning you can earn even more.


And that’s really all there is to it. Plasma donation is completely safe and has no long-term side effects. Most people are perfectly fine donating. If you donate plasma for money, you’ll get paid. But you just might save a life. That life could even be your own.

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  • My mom tells me stories of when she was a kid and her brother would go in regularly to give blood for money. They don’t allow that anymore, too many abuses I guess. Good to know plasma is still an option, and it’s for a good purpose too, so that’s an extra benefit.

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