If you’re getting married, it is important to note that your future decisions will now be taken for two. As a result, knowing about your health and that of your partner is important. Here are five pre-marital medical tests to undergo before taking your relationship to the next level.
1. HIV and STDs
Statistics show that 50% of young people will get an STI and not know it. You should check for the possibility of lifelong infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C and Herpes, as well as curable ones like gonorrhoea, syphilis, yeast infections etc.
Having kids is usually on the cards when considering marriage so consider doing fertility tests to avoid surprises. You should both get tested because men are liable for up to half of all infertility cases.
For the sake of your kids, it’s important to ascertain both your genotypes beforehand to avoid having a child with sickle cell.
4. Blood Group
It’s important to ascertain the blood group of a potential spouse to avoid issues relating to blood group or rhesus incompatibility.
5. Chronic Medical Conditions
Early testing for conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure etc., will enable couples to seek medical assistance early enough and make the necessary lifestyle changes.
It’s better to be on the safe side when it comes to knowing your full health status before getting married and these pre-marital medical tests will help you do just that.
If you’re at that stage, one thing that can help is our Couples health plan. This is a health plan that has been carefully designed and appropriately priced for two, thus preparing you and your partner for a fruitful union and a healthy family.
Click here to learn more.