See the five medical examinations every couple needs before marriage


There are medical facts about your future spouse that you must be aware of and prepared to live with before you take that leisurely, almost rhythmic stroll down the aisle with him or her.

We list five medical tests that prospective spouses must have undergone and thoroughly discussed before deciding whether to proceed with their wedding.

1. Genotype 

This test will reveal whether one or both partners have sickle cells (SS), are sickle cell trait carriers (AS), or have a healthy genotype (AA).

Couples have been known to take the initiative to find out for themselves because of how important this test is, even without being told. Marriage counselors have been known to require it for anyone who wants to get married in cases where there are couples who are too careless to check.

2. Blood Group

Couples who refuse to have this test put themselves at risk for hemolytic disease of the newborn, which, according to Doctor's Hub Nigeria, results in stillbirths and miscarriages.

Knowing your partner's blood type can help in an emergency situation by potentially saving their life.

3. HIV test

Given the sheer number of deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, which is a disease that is notoriously frightening, it makes sense for couples to check for the disease in one another.

Knowing what you are getting into makes sense in every situation to avoid being rudely shocked once you are there.

4. Fertility Test Index

This procedure is carried out to ensure both the husband and wife are fertile. According to Doctor's Hub, couples typically don't become aware of fertility issues until two or more years after getting married and trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant.

Therefore, it is crucial that the test be performed because it profiles the reproductive hormones in both partners: the man's semen is analyzed, and the woman's ovulation is assessed.

However, couples who do not plan to have children may not need to worry. Prior to getting married, it's important to test for fertility as well.

5. Perform an STD test

This may sound extreme and give the impression that the purpose of these medical exams is being compromised, but that is not the case.

This is due to the fact that infections like gonorrhea, if left untreated, can get out of hand and cause the woman's infertility, which will strain the marriage and cause other problems.

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