Marriage is a commitment for life and whether it is arranged or love, it is important to take a few tests to avoid problems later. In India, it is a norm to match horoscopes of the girl and the guy and only if it is a good match do families agree to take this forward in an arranged marriage setting. In love marriages, since the couple already knows enough about each other, they do not bother getting themselves checked. But the problem arises later when there is a medical condition or pregnancy. Sometimes, it can cause problems and so it is best to find out beforehand about each other’s medical history before you tie the knot. Here are a few tests that are recommended for both partners to see if you are medically compatible. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Telangana Govt Announces 75% Salary Cut For Employees
Blood Group Test
Most people know what their blood group is but you may not always know this information about the person you are set to marry. The very reason why this an important test is not just to find out your blood group but also to know if you both are compatible that way. This is because not everyone can donate blood to everyone and it is important to know if you both can give blood to one another. Blood group is also important when it comes to pregnancy as certain blood groups are not compatible with each other and can lead to complications during conception and in the baby’s health as well. (ALSO SEE Major blood types and who can donate to whom) Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Confirmed Cases Climb to 1251, Total Deaths Now at 32 | Top Developments
Most couples plan to have babies after marriage and so, it is a good idea to know if your fertile and your body is for reproduction. Both men and women should take fertility tests and share the results with each other so that there is no room for resentment later. From semen analysis to hormonal analysis and ultrasound, do these tests once before you get married. (ALSO SEE Factors that affect male fertility) Also Read - Fact Check: No, Financial Year Has Not Been Extended by 3 Months
Genetic Medical History
It is a good idea to find out each other’s family’s medical history as you know if there is some ailment that runs in the family. Be it diabetes, heart disease or even hair loss, know what you and your partner may suffer from later to take precautionary measures. Get checked for these conditions before getting married and inform your partner as well if there is anything worrisome.
HIV and STDs
HIV and STDs can be easily passed on from one person to the other and so it is important to know if you or your partner is infected by any of it beforehand. This is an information that should not be hidden so that there are no problems later. And even if you are positive, your partner can choose to be with you and care for you provided they haven’t been kept in the dark.
Thalassemia can be detected by doing a complete blood count (CBC) test but it is an important test that both partners need to do in order to prevent the chances of a birth defect in children. This test helps find out if you have thalassemia minor or not. While having thalassemia minor is not a problem, when two people who have thalassemia minor get married, there is a high chance that the child born may have thalassemia major which is cause of concern. So it is best to know before you tie the knot so that you can plan your future accordingly.