Women are unique in so many ways — from the demands they place on their bodies, to the ways in which their bodies respond.
Consider that women make up approximately half of Indiana Blood Center’s donor base, yet, as a result of menstruation, may have low levels of iron in their blood. That’s why Indiana Blood Center has introduced the Iron For Women program. Iron For Women provides an iron supplement to women who have been deferred from donating blood due to low hemoglobin levels. It’s a safe way for women to maintain an adequate iron count and prepare their body for blood donation.
Iron For Women is one of the few programs of its kind in the country. It ensures that women receive routine iron supplements to maintain healthy iron levels*— along with helping to enable donating blood on a regular basis.
The program is optional. The benefits are undeniable.
*If your blood level is below 10 g/dL speak with your physician.
To apply for the program, you must complete an application that contains a few basic medical questions. Once you are accepted, you will receive your first supply of iron supplements, along with dosage instructions. Be assured that you are under no obligation and may discontinue the program at any time.
Iron For Women Application - upon completion:
- Scan & e-mail application to: Vicki Harris
- Fax to: (317) 916-5024
- Mail to: Indiana Blood Center - Clinical Services | 3450 N Meridian St. | Indianapolis, IN 46208
You are eligible for the Iron For Women program if you:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Want to donate blood twice a year or more
- Have menstrual periods
- Are not pregnant
- Pass our brief screening process
Participants in the program receive a bottle of iron supplements from Indiana Blood Center. When taken as directed, these caplets should replace the amount of iron contained in one unit of blood.
- Take the recommended dosage every day after you attempt to donate blood.
- As long as you donate regularly, a new bottle will be mailed to you as your supply diminishes.
- If discomfort lingers, discontinue the supplement and call 1-800-632-4722, ext. 5106.
- Feel free to continue taking vitamins or other iron supplements.
- Try to donate blood and receive your iron supplements at regular intervals, as menstrual cycles may deplete your body of necessary iron.**
- As with any drug, keep iron supplements away from children.
- If you have any questions, call 1-800-632-4722, ext. 5106.
**Participation in the program will be discontinued if a donor shows chronic low levels of iron, even with taking the supplements.
Before giving blood, you must meet all current Indiana Blood Center criteria.
Indiana Blood Center measures each donor’s hemoglobin level — the iron-containing protein found in red blood cells that binds to oxygen. Red blood cells transport oxygen through the blood stream to all parts of the body. Hemoglobin correlates to the amount of iron in your blood. If your iron levels are low, your hemoglobin is low as well. Donors must maintain adequate iron levels so that the drop in red blood cells that accompanies blood donation does not compromise the body’s normal hemoglobin oxygen transport function.