Jan 25 2018
How often do you find couples about to get married go for a pre-marital health screening? The trend, however, is slowly gaining currency as the youngsters of today are more aware and concerned about their health and the future of their family.
These days the youngsters are not so young when they finally get around to getting married. Long years of study, the pressures of building a career and the need to achieve a financial stability before they even consider marriage are some of the reasons for getting married late. Then there is also the factor of finding someone you love or find ‘suitable’ to marry. If horoscopes, religion, and status are involved, things are even more complicated.
Late marriages are increasingly putting pressure on couples to have kids fast. This means that they will have lesser time to subject themselves to treatments and corrections to ensure having children. Even parents are now encouraging the youngsters to take the tests offered by many of the leading hospitals and clinics in the country.
The couple who have decided to get married can get themselves tested for genetic, infectious and transmissible diseases. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they had led a suspect lifestyle but the fact is that one can get caught off-guard even by blood transfusion in an accident or during some hospital procedure has to be taken into consideration.
These pre-marital testing programs also help educate the couple on how to lead a happy married life in terms of building a proper emotional response to social, familial and personal issues. The test enquires about the person’s age, diet, weight management, family background, heritage factors, smoking or other addictions – all of which can lead to problems in the future.
Infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, HIV, HCV and other sexually transmitted diseases are a matter of major concern. The screening also checks the possibility or probability of the children by the couple getting Thalassemia, Haemophilia and Sickle Cell Disease.
Genetic tests too are conducted which are culture based genetic screening if the couple are remotely related or have a common blood relationship or connected by ancestry.
The primary aim of pre-marital testing is to ensure the optimum medical compatibility among the couples, identify potential health risks and problems and the issues that they may have to face when they have offspring. The tests help them take necessary precautions and treatments well in advance so that they enter wedlock in a state of happiness and confidence of their future.