Hey lovebirds, have you ever pondered on the popular saying “love is not enough”. Love is absolutely necessary. It is infact one of the most important ingredients of any relationship, but like salt is a necessary ingredient for cooking, it is not sufficient in itself as the only ingredient to prepare your food; so also does love need additional ingredients for a successful marriage and one of this is Medical/Health checks before marriage.
As your relationship with your partner grows, there are important medical tests that you need to carry out to avoid ‘stories that touch the heart’. If you do not believe this, ask Mide and Amina.
Medical tests are important:
- so you can have adequate informed knowledge of your partner’s health status
- so you can know the medical compatibility of you and your partner
- to avoid stress and frustrations that could have been avoided if identified and tackled before marriage
Carrying out these tests before marriage will help to avoid factors that may want to interfere with your happy marriage. It also helps to safeguard and protect your interest health wise. It is advisable that you go for such test together so you can be acquainted with the health status of your partner.
Generally, the parameters that are tested before marriage are either genetic disorders that run in families, or acquired diseases which are more or less infectious, and spread from person to person.
Some of the medical tests you need to carry out are:
- Genotype Test: This is very important, and I think it should be done at the very beginning of a relationship. The most common genotypes are AA, AS, and SS; however, there are five genotypes and they are AA, AS, AC, SS, and SC. It is important to know what genotype can marry what genotype to prevent giving birth to children with genotype SC and SS.
- Blood Type and Rhesus Factor Test: The Rhesus factor (Rh) test is also important because a lady with a positive Rh might be incompatible with a guy of negative Rh, because of the possibility of miscarriages in the marriage. Although with the advancement of science this is not much of an issue, but it is still important to know your blood group and Rhesus factor so as to know the measures to carry out.
- Fertility Tests: It is important to carry out fertility tests before committing to a relationship. It is important because early detection will help prevent the unnecessary hassles that might be associated with lack of good sex or barrenness in the marriage
- Communicable Diseases: Partners should get tested for diseases like Thalassemia, Hepatitis and other STDs like HIV before saying ‘I Do’ to avoid the strain and issues that can arise getting to know this after the wedding. You most likely do not want to get married to someone that has a communicable disease even if it is treatable or manageable, so it is important to carry out these tests.
- Genetics and Inherited Diseases/Full Medical Tests: Genetic diseases are most times asymptomatic or not visible physically. This is one of the reasons why a full medical test is advisable.
Since marriage implies committing oneself to a lifelong relationship, it is important for you to know what you are setting up yourself for. Early testing will enable early detection which will arm you with enough knowledge of your partner’s health status and would allow for early treatment and management.
So dear intending couples, ensure you get tested and then live happily ever after.
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