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Why couples are taking premarital screening before arrange marriage

Falling into love truly and madly and taking the relationship to the doors of marriage is one ultimate dream everyone sees in their life. However, in India, still, the majority of the people get married through arrangements made by their families.

From the courtship period to the wedding day, typically Indian couples get around 3-4 months to know and understand each other. Logically, it is a very short time to know each other’s preferences, ambitions, qualities, weaknesses, and career goals among others. And one thing which couples definitely not discuss in detail is each others’ health issues.

In several cases, people find about serious health issues of their partners later and get frustrated in the process of looking after them for longer intervals. India, a country where the majority of the couples going for an arranged marriage plan to fall in love after marriage, it becomes really important to at least know each other’s health secrets.

What is premarital screening?

It is a test specifically designed for couples who are about to get married. Nowadays, it has become a trend especially among couples who are going to have arranged marriage to get tested before tying the nuptial knot. Premarital screening includes tests for genetics, infections, blood, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Its importance has increased manifolds due to an increased number of children suffering from genetic disorders. Another important reason is the importance to know about the sexual health of partners as more people are sexually active in today’s time.

Here are four major tests that are an integral part of premarital screening.

Test for HIV and STD

Let us accept the fact that marriages are happening late due to various reasons including higher studies, career goals, and the wait for the right partner. As a result, people are more sexually active before getting married. And if unprotected encounters are involved, the chances of getting infected with STD and HIV are higher.

The knowledge of your partner’s sexual health is essential to take the right decision and treatment.

Fertility Test

If you want to have a child in the future, a fertility test could be one of the important tests you might want your future partner to have. It also provides the opportunity for couples to address any sort of infertility issues at the earliest through proper treatment.

Blood Group

This might sound perplexing but the blood group plays a vital role during pregnancy. Rhesus isoimmunization blood group incompatibility could affect the fetus. Rhesus factor is the + or - sign which is assigned along with the blood group. Women having a negative blood group married to positive blood stand higher chances of fetus complexities and could also lead to intrauterine death and miscarriages.

Genetic Test

Early genetic testing allows a couple to identify whether they are going to suffering from any terminal ailment in the future or not. It helps in starting preventive treatment for a healthier life. It also helps to avoid the development of the same genetic disorder in offsprings.

While these tests are logical and might make your life easier post marriage; falling in love and compatibility still remains the key to a successful marriage IMHO.

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