Pre-Wedding Planning

SS Advice: Every To-be-Married Couple MUST Get these Medical Tests Done

Medha Chawla, 22 Jun 2019

Sure you have matched the 'Kundlis', have done a thorough horoscope match and know your beau's financial and living status as well. But wait, there is more to choosing your spouse. I am talking about nothing else than health which should not be, at any cost, compromised. It is surprising how most couples tend to ignore checking on each other's health (physical and mental) status before tying the knot; forgetting that good health is the stepping stone into a blissful marriage. And that's why I write this blog to draw your attention towards the medical tests every couple must undergo before getting hitched.

A lot of people in India are apprehensive about the idea of getting done medical tests before marriage because of the pre-conceived notions. But trust me, doing so is the wisest thing you can do before getting married. Once you know that your partner has some disease, or requires continued medical attention or is infertile—it can help you make an informed choice. You can accordingly begin a treatment, prepare yourself for how to deal with it in future or call off the alliance. You never know if your would-be-spouse is infected with life-changing diseases like STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) or suffers from some chronic ailment which you must know of before taking the plunge. Otherwise, it can cause a major dent in a couple's marriage if such issues are revealed after tying the knot.

So here I enlist 6 important and best medical test for couples before marriage.

6 Medical Tests for Couple Before Getting Married

1. Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

With marriage comes sex and with sex comes the possibility of transmission of infection(s) from one partner to the other. Hence it is extremely important for every couple to undergo medical tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases before tying the knot. These diseases not only affect the spouse but can also affect your baby together.

No matter how much your partner tries to convince you that they are not affected by any STD, confirm each other's sexual health with medical tests. While HIV & AIDS is life-threatening, other STDs like herpes, syphilis and gonorrhoea are lifelong and your baby can contract the disease. Knowing your prospective spouse's health will help you make an informed choice. It is better to be safe than being sorry later.

2. Tests for Fertility

To avoid unwanted stress and financial strains in future, it is better to ensure that you and your partner is fertile to produce offsprings. Even though there are exceptionally advanced medical techniques that help you conceive, but that comes with a lot of financial and emotional stress.

Fertility screening for women includes ultrasounds of reproductive area, blood tests to determine hormonal levels (FSH, TSH and LH, Prolactin) and AMH levels. It is a must have test for women before marriage. Whereas fertility test for men before marriage include a simple semen test to check their fertility. Also, older women must especially get their AMH Level (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) to check the ovarian reserves and know how much time is left for menopause.

3. Tests for Blood Grouping

Not many people know but blood group also plays an imperative role in your matrimonial life and pregnancy. Every couple must have the same Rh Factor which means the positive or negative sign that follows your blood group must be the same. For instance, if your blood group is B positive and your partner's is O positive, then it is a match. But if it doesn't match, it can lead to severe complications during pregnancy. Mismatching Rh Factors of a mother and baby can put the life of the baby to risk. Because of the same reason, even matrimonial websites (matchmaking websites) ask for your Blood Group while registering your profile.

You must also know that it is not impossible to have a healthy baby without having the same Rh Factor. You can seek medical help but it is hell expensive and there may still be complications.

4. Tests for Genetically Transmitted Diseases

There also needs to be clarity over if you two are affected with any genetically transmitted diseases which can eventually pass on to your kids. This includes diseases like thalassemia, cancers diabetes and mental disorder. This information will help you decide whether you wish to continue to get wed or not.

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5. Tests for Chronic Health Issues

Now, this one includes getting a thorough checkup of the entire body to check if a person is suffering from any longterm serious ailment. It includes problems like cancer, hypertension, heart disease, liver issues, kidney diseases, etc. This will make you aware of your partner's medical needs and obstructions that may arise post getting married.

6. Mental Health Checkup

It is a reason to rejoice that Mental Health is finally getting its fair share of attention in India. And mind you, a partner's mental illness can put a major dent in your matrimony. You won't know whether a person is suffering from conditions like depression, personality disorder, schizophrenia, narcissistic personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anger management issues etc. So it is better to get a simple psychometric test, which mostly takes a day & tells about a person's mental health status. 

However, this is no reason to run if your partner gets a positive diagnose, the psychologist will surely help, suggest treatment and give advice on how to manage the marriage.

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Have you got these tests done yet?