5 medical examinations every couple needs before marriage
Before you take that deliberate, almost-rhythmic walk down the aisle with the love of your life, you must be aware of and prepared to deal with certain medical realities about him or her.
We’ve compiled a list of five medical tests that couples should have gone through and discussed thoroughly before deciding whether to walk away or continue down the aisle.
This test will determine if one or both spouses are sicklers (SS), sickle cell trait carriers (AS), or have a normal genotype (AA).
Couples have been known to take the effort to find out for themselves even when they haven’t been notified about the test. Marriage counselors have been known to require it for everyone who wants to marry where there are couples who are too negligent to check.
2. Blood group
Couples who refuse to get this test face the danger of a disorder known as hemolytic disease of the baby, which causes stillbirths and miscarriages, according to Doctor’s Hub Nigeria.
Knowing your partner’s blood type can help save his or her life in the event of an emergency.
3. HIV test
HIV/AIDS is a famously frightening virus, and given the high number of fatalities it causes, it’s a no-brainer for couples to check for it in each other.
It’s always better to know what you’re getting yourself into before being rudely surprised once you’re there.
4. Fertility test index
This is done to ensure that both the husband and the wife are fertile.
Fertility issues are generally not discovered by couples until two or more years after marriage and failed attempts at conception, according to Doctor’s Hub.
The test is significant because it analyzes reproductive hormones in both partners: semen analysis is performed on the male, and ovulation testing is performed on the woman.
Couples that do not plan to have children, on the other hand, may not have to worry about this.
5. Test for STDs
This may look excessive as if the entire goal of these medical exams is to be overworked, but this is not the case.
This is because diseases like gonorrhea, if left untreated, can spread and cause infertility in women, creating marital tensions and other complications.