Perform This Test Prior to Your Marriage

by Agnes Krisantibullet
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Perform This Test Prior to Your Marriage
Perform This Test Prior to Your Marriage

Couples eagerly await their marriage. A wedding signifies that couples have completed the introduction stage and are ready to begin a new life together as a family. Wedding preparations may have been completed, but have you and your partner conducted a premarital health check?

What is premarital screening?

Premarital health screening is a series of tests that couples must do before getting married. Some countries necessitate this test because not everyone has a good health history. Someone who appears to be healthy could be carrying certain unknown or hidden diseases.

The goal of screening is not to frighten or derail your dream wedding, but to prepare prospective small families for a better future. Knowing what to look out for and how to avoid them is undoubtedly advantageous to the family's future, right?

Premarital screening, as suggested by the Ministry of Health, should be performed at least six months before the wedding for each bride and husband. More specifically, the goal of premarital screening is to avoid:

  • Hereditary blood disorder. For example, anemia, thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, and hemophilia.
  • Infectious illnesses. For example, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
  • Unknown medical ailment.

The benefits of screening

Premarital screening raises awareness of everyone's medical health. It also enables the bride and groom, as well as everyone around them, to comprehend the implications of marriage.

A premarital check up helps you to:

  • Developing an understanding of inherited blood diseases that may affect one or both brides and grooms.
  • Limiting the spread of sexually transmitted illnesses such as syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.
  • Avoiding social and psychological problems in the family as a result of HIV/AIDS and thalassemia major.
  • Raising awareness of the concept of a thorough, responsible, and healthy marriage.

Premarital examination stages

The following are the screening steps that the bride and groom must complete.

1. General examination

A general or physical examination is the initial step in determining an individual's overall health status. Blood tests (hematology), for example, are used to determine the risk of having anemia, thalassemia, or hemophilia in infants. A blood type test could potentially reveal whether the mother and baby are rhesus-compatible.

Another test is blood sugar levels, or blood pressure. Hypertension, particularly in women, has the potential to harm the womb, increasing the risk of preeclampsia and preterm labor.

2. Inherited diseases and genetic abnormalities examination

Hereditary diseases are any diseases that a person develops from hereditary causes or from their biological parents. Diabetes, certain types of cancer, and genetic abnormalities are examples of blood problems that prohibit patients from making hemoglobin.

Hereditary diseases are frequently concealed, so further evaluations are required to determine them. Knowing the risk of inherited disorders might make you and your partner more aware and capable of taking preventive measures.

3. Infectious and contagious disease examination

Infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C, syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS are serious and even lethal. Of course, we don't want this condition to affect ourselves, our beloved partner, or our child.

Furthermore, this examination can detect infectious illnesses that may impair pregnancy, such as herpes, toxoplasmosis, rubella, and cytomegalovirus (CMV).

The examination will inform you and your partner of the steps that need to be completed before the wedding. The objective is that you and your partner can support one another and develop plans together.

4. Reproductive organ examination

Couples typically want children, so they should be concerned about their health, particularly their reproductive organs. Before you go any further, pay special attention to this since it's not only about being able or unable to have children; the long-term health of you, your spouse, and your future child is considerably more essential.

Cases of high HIV transmission in Indonesian households have recently presented an important lesson for potential newlyweds. A gynecological checkup is required for the future wife to determine fertility and the potential for pregnancy. The future husband must conduct an examination to assess the viability of the sperm's quality.

5. Examination for allergies

Allergy testing is vital, yet it is often overlooked. Allergies that are not diagnosed and treated properly from the outset might be lethal. If both the bride and groom suffer from allergies, their future children are likely to as well.

A wedding is more than just an overnight party. Make a thorough plan with your partner. Make your family as healthy and happy as you want.

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