PMID: 3851675Nov 1, 1985

Iron stores in female blood donors evaluated by serum ferritin

Nils MilmanC M Sørensen


Iron stores were evaluated by serum ferritin determinations in 948 menstruating and 141 non-menstruating female blood donors. Blood donation was associated with a decrease in ferritin. First-time donors (n = 163) had a geometric mean ferritin of 24 micrograms/l and multiple-time donors a value of 19 micrograms/l (p less than 0.01). In the donating population 31.5% had ferritin values less than 15 micrograms/l (i.e. depleted iron stores). Menstruating donors had lower mean serum ferritin than non-menstruating donors (p less than 0.001), and a higher frequency of ferritin values less than 15 micrograms/l (p less than 0.05). There was no relationship between ferritin levels and the number of pregnancies. The frequency of donations was more predictive of ferritin levels than the number of donations. Mean ferritin displayed a moderate fall up to the 2nd donation, and was hereafter relatively constant, whereas an increase in donation frequency was accompanied by a significant decrease in ferritin. Female donors, especially when phlebotomised greater than or equal to 3 times per year, should have their iron status checked at appropriate intervals by measurement of serum ferritin and should be advised regular iron supplementation.


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