Every time the issue of medical tests is mentioned, intending couples get apprehensive and scared because they don’t want to discover crazy realities about their spouse-to-be. The other reason is that people simply have skeletons they don’t want to let out, but isn’t that the idea of having these tests In the first place?
Marriage is a long term commitment, and going into it blindly will ruin the experience. You must be fully aware of what/who you are settling for. There are some checks that I believe should be performed prior to walking down the aisle.
- HIV AND OTHER STIs TEST
There are several diseases that have no cure, such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. You should be aware of your partner’s status so that you can support yourself if they turn out to be positive and you still want to marry them. There are treatable ones, such as syphilis and gonorrhea, but you must be aware in order to protect yourself and mitigate risks in marriage.
- BLOOD GROUP COMPATIBILITY TEST
Blood groups need to be compatible with each other to avoid problems during pregnancy like the Rhesus disease. It is a condition where antibodies in a pregnant woman’s blood destroy her baby’s blood cells. Women with rhesus negative blood group married to rhesus positive husbands have a greater chance of rhesus incompatibility where the growing fetus takes after the father in blood group causing this problem, and leading to intrauterine death and miscarriages.
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- GENOTYPE COMPATIBILITY TEST
There are various genotypes, but not all of them are compatible with one another. Marrying AS and AS, for example, will pose a problem when it comes to having children because it is very likely that you will have SS children, who will suffer from Sickle Cell Anaemia. This test will assist you in understanding how to make the right choice for yourself.
- FERTILITY TEST
Of course, you want to know whether or not the person you’re marrying can have children. If they can’t, knowing early is a big plus because that’s how to make arrangements for adopting, etc, so as to avoid the future complications associated with an inability to conceive.
- GENETICS AND TERMINAL ILLNESS TEST
Early testing allows couples seek medical care before the medical conditions gets to its terminal stage. This test depends on the region and the common chronic/genetic condition seen in that society. However, this test should include screening for diabetes, test for hypertension, certain cancers kidney disease and test for thalassemia, amongst any others you feel need done.
May you not make a marital error in Jesus name.