We always match horoscopes of the couple before marrying, but matching Medical horoscope is more important these days. Medical horoscope means performing some premarital tests before marriage so that we can catch any medical condition affecting your future married life before hand.
Some disease are asypmtomatic and in some cases we are carrier of some harmful genes.If your spouse is also the carrier for same disease, then the combination of genetic defect can add upto in your child’s makeup creating some deadly disease like Thalassemia.
Yeah, knots of wedding are tied to be with each other in all good and bad times but you can plan today for a beautiful future.
Here are list of Premarital tests you should Undergo Before Marriage:
1.For Genetically Inheritable Conditions:
These are tests through which you can know if you or your partner carry any genes that could manifest as a disease in your children. This includes conditions like
- thalassemia (a genetic blood disorder where a baby cannot produce enough red blood cells and will need a blood transfusion very often)
- juvenile diabetes
- mental disorders
What you have to do:
Usually a test for a dominant genetic makers requires only a small blood sample, but it is essential that you approach a centre that specifically tests for these markers. There are a number of centres that provide this service, all you have to do is look for them.
2.for sexually transmitted diseases:
There might a certain stigma attached to this test, but it is best that you both know your health status when it concerns these diseases. While HIV is life threatening, other STDs like hepatitis C, herpes, gonorrhoea, etc. are something you will have to live with all your life; not to mention the risk of your child getting affected by it. So doing the test – no matter how much your partner promises that he/she has not had any unprotected sexual contact – is important.
What you Have to Do:
This test also involves a minor blood test. In certain cases your doctor will need to do a physical examination as well. This test does not require you to go to any specific centre, all labs that perform regular diagnostic tests will be able to do the tests.
3.Matching Blood groups:
This might sound like an inane test, but it definitely is important. When it comes to blood groups it is essential that you both have the same Rh factor (Rhesus factor). That means the positive or negative sign that follows your blood groups ( if you have a blood group of O positive your Rh factor is positive, and if your partner has a blood group of B negative, he/she has a negative Rh factor). This information is essential especially during pregnancy, as a mother and baby of opposite Rh factors could lead to severe complications and even death of the baby. During conception or pregnancy, it is important to talk to your doctor about this possible complication so that he/she can take the appropriate steps to sidestep them. So, it will do you good to know your partner’s blood group.
What you have to Do:
This is a simple test and is very basic in function. All it requires is a drop or two of your blood (usually taken from your finger). It can be performed in any diagnostic lab.
Some people believe that doing this test can cause more harm than good, but it is always better to be aware than to be shocked or disappointed after marriage. Since sexual intimacy is the cornerstone of a good marriage, it is important to know if you both can have a normal sex life and even procreate if you want. According to Dr Aniruddha Malpani, infertility specialist, ‘Young couples don’t really need any tests but there is an exception to the rule. Women with irregular cycles should get their blood tested for their reproductive hormones, FSH (follicular stimulating hormones), LH (leutenising hormone), prolactin, TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and AMH to find out why they are not ovulating. This is called anovulation. The commonest reason for this in young women is PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease). Also younger men if they notice that their testes are not present in their scrotum, should get his semen tested, to make sure his sperm count is normal.’
‘In the case of older women, they should get their blood tested for their AMH levels (Anti-Müllerian Hormone), to check for their ovarian reserves. This way, they’ll know how much time they have left of their biological clock,’ he adds.
What you have to Do:
For women, these tests might take a day to do. It will include a blood test and in cases where you have to be tested for PCOS, you will have to undergo an ultrasound. In the case of men all they have to provide is a semen sample.
5.For chronic disorders:
This includes long term conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, etc. While, all these are manageable conditions they have serious implications for a marriage. Understanding the person’s need for continued medical attention and factoring in impediments that might arise is essential to a smooth married life, where no one is left feeling short changed.
What you Have to Do:
This investigation takes longer than the normal blood test. So invest in a thorough check up. It is very likely that you will end up catching the problem early and nipping it in the bud.
In a country where arranged marriages are the norm, would you know, just by looking at a person that he/she has a mental illness? Or that he/she suffers from depression, schizophrenia or even a personality disorder? The answer is quite clearly no.
So, here is what you need to do, get yourself and your partner tested. While, testing for mental illness includes checking for conditions like schizophrenia, depression, mood disorders, mania, etc. the tests should also include behavioural and personality disorders. There is a whole array of things that could put a dent in your marriage. Conditions like obsessive compulsive personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorders, partner relationship problems, anger management issues, bipolar disorder and many more, could be a part of your significant other’s life. Remember,these conditions are not compartmentalized, you will end up bearing the brunt of his/her condition. So get tested. A simple psychometric test, which ideally takes a day will tell you about your mental health status. While this is no reason to leave and run ( in the case of a positive diagnosis), the treating psychologist will definitely tell you about how you need to manage the person and the marriage.
According to Gayatri Ayyer, leading psychologist, ‘ A couple should get premarital counselling apart from all these tests. Marriage counsellors are trained to help people who are planning to get married. They guide them on a variety of subjects like sexual compatibility and intimacy, emotional intimacy, different adjustments that have to be made, interacting and living with in-laws, joint or nuclear families, communication patterns and misinterpretations, etc.’
What you have to Do:
This test is called a psychometric test and usually takes a day to do. To do the analysis, a clinical psychologist will administer tests like multiple choice questions, picture analysis etc. that you have to answer. It is simple and your identity will be kept under wraps if you desire. In the end, getting married should be a happy occasion, but it is important to remember that it is a lifelong commitment and knowing what you are getting into, ‘health wise’ is the best way to succeed.