Published: Jan. 30, 2019 By
Person gets ready to donate blood

Donating blood can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Health and Wellness Services debunks the top five reasons people don’t donate blood.

Fear of needles

If you have a fear of needles, you’re not alone. Many people avoid donating blood because of their fears. However, if you’re willing to spend a few minutes facing your fears, you may find that the satisfaction of making a donation is well worth it. In fact, your single blood donation may help to save as many as three lives.

 Donate blood, save a life

CU Boulder is hosting a number of blood drives at the Rec Center in February and April. Find one that works for you.


Tuesday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Thursday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, April 9, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
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Wednesday, April 10, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Thursday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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If you’re still concerned about donating blood because of your fear of needles, consider bringing a friend with you for support or distract yourself with music during the donation process. It’s also a good idea to hydrate before your appointment to make the process as easy as possible.

Having the wrong blood type

It’s true: Some blood types are more versatile than others. It’s also true that all blood donations are valuable and can be life-saving for those in need. Blood centers experience shortages of all blood types throughout the year, so it’s important you donate regardless of your blood type.

Watch how different blood types are donated.

Being disqualified from donating

There are many reasons why you could be deferred from giving blood. Some restrictions are permanent, while many others are temporary. Keep in mind, though, that the criteria for acceptable blood donations are constantly changing, which means that even if you’ve been denied in the past, you may be eligible now!

Check out Red Cross blood services for a full list of donation criteria to see if you’re eligible.

Passing out

Most donors feel fine after they’ve completed the donation process. Nevertheless, if you do feel faint or fatigued, be sure to alert the donation staff and remain seated until you feel better. Come prepared with a small snack and bottle of water to help you recuperate. The uneasy feeling should go away in a matter of minutes!

There are enough people donating already

Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than 5 percent of those who are eligible actually do. Having a small and infrequent number of donors can often lead to shortages, especially in rural areas. Donating blood during CU Boulder’s upcoming blood drives could help save a life.