Pre wedding checkup
For most people, the happiness of finding true love, deciding on matrimony, and building a loving family together is the greatest desire in life. However, many couples get into long-term relationships without knowing each other's health status; as a result, they may end up later in an unhappy marriage due to health conditions, medical limitations, or physical infirmities.
It is crucial not to dismiss pre-marital health checkups out of hand before deciding to tie the knot and live together as a couple. Knowing a partner's untoward health status does not preclude marriage. On the contrary, it helps couples receive appropriate medical treatment early on to prevent the risks of potential health issues that may ensue. Identifying and addressing health issues before a lifelong commitment helps reduce unnecessary burdens and risks that may crop up during marital life while contributing to a safe, worry-free, and smooth-sailing marriage.
What is a pre-wedding checkup?
Pre-wedding checkup, or pre-marital health checkup, is a screening test to assess the health of soon-to-be married couples, particularly for those who are planning a wedding. They consist of a group of health tests for both females and males. Specialist doctors design the test to identify potential future health issues that could affect fertility and to detect health issues, including latent hereditary traits and infectious diseases, specifically sexually transmitted diseases, to prevent the risk of passing the infection to the partner and their offspring. Pre-marital planning before conceiving a child will help engender readiness, confidence, and understanding between the couples, including the long-term planning for family members and helping to comprehend the status of each partner’s health.
Why a pre-wedding checkup
- Prevent the transmission of heritable thalassemia, hemophilia, sickle-cell anemia disorders, and infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Identify genetic change to assess the risk of being a carrier for transmission to offspring.
- Promote awareness and understanding of the couples' health before securing a sturdy future together.
- Prepare family members mentally and physically for the prospective baby.
- Reduce the risk of unnecessary, preventable medical expenses in the future.
- Aids in the reduction of stress and other psychological tensions for family members if treatment comes up.
Who is for the pre-wedding health checkup package?
- Soon-to-be married couples or a couple that has just started planning their wedding.
- A person is interested in a primary health screening program.
- A person wishing to identify health issues related to infectious or contagious diseases.
- A person desiring to understand the genetic makeup and health of a loved one.
- Couples planning for a pregnancy
- A person wishing to reassure oneself and loved one before deciding to marital life.
What are in the pre-wedding checkup packages?
- General physical checkup performed by a specialist physician.
- A complete blood count (CBC)
- Rh factor blood testing and blood group testing
- Genetic test
- Thalassemia test
- Hb Electrophoresis/Hb typing test.
- Hepatitis B virus antibody test
- Hepatitis B virus antigen test
- Hepatitis C virus antibody test
- Hepatitis A virus antibody test
- Cervical cancer screening (Thin Prep test)
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Syphilis test
- HIV/AIDS test
- Anti-Rubella test/Rubella serology
What is the benefit of a pre-wedding checkup?
- Reduce the risks, complications, and chances of transmitting any disease to your loved ones and prospective babies.
- Help cure sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and hepatitis B and C before marriage if detected.
- Help determine whether a person has infertility or is likely to be infertile, receiving helpful advice on infertility treatment from a specialist physician.
- Assist in pre-parental preparation and assess the likelihood of complications during pregnancy.
- Help ready new parents and provide guidance, both prenatally and postnatally.
How is a genetic disorder tested?
A genetic test is a proactive screening to detect the risk of illness from latent genetic disorders and help reduce the risk of being a carrier passing disease to your loved ones and future babies. Screening for genetic disorders helps guide the formulation of treatment and prevention and enables prompt disease treatment. Additionally, the genetic test yields information regarding the risk of allergic reactions to certain drugs and helps ensure family planning readiness with understanding.
A genetic test involves the physician taking blood samples from both partners and looking at the combined overall results to determine whether specific genetic mutations could cause severe conditions in future children. In addition, knowing the couple's general health information aids in predicting future diseases, reduces the risk of infection, and makes disease treatment and prevention more effective.
How a pre-wedding checkup builds a long-lasting foundation for a family.
The wedding ceremonies may take a few days, but the marriages last a lifetime. Matrimony is a fundamental social foundation in building a good emotional bond and a healthy family. Pre-wedding checkups assist couples in determining their health compatibility; helping in making the best prenatal preparations and preventing the transmission of undesirable hereditary, contagious, and infectious diseases to future family members; creating an intimate, strong family bond by having healthy physical and mental health for long-lasting happiness.
Dr Vorachai Chuenchompoonut
Obstetrics & Gynecology