9 Tests You Should Do Before You Sign Your Marriage Certificate | By Dr. Peter Atangwho

By Dr. Peter Atangwho

Marriage is a lifetime contract. The beauty of any marriage is when the partners glue to the “for better for worse”. However, no marriage without ups and downs, it’s bound to happen.

Therefore, before you sign that marriage certificate, there are 9 tests you should do.

1. HIV
2. Hepatitis B
3. Hepatitis C
4. Other STI’s
5. Genotype
6. Rhesus
7. Fertility profile
8. Chronic medical conditions
9. Covid19

Up to 50% of people with Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) don’t know they’re infected. So, first check if your partner has lifelong STIs like HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes.

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9 Tests You Should Do Before You Sign Your Marriage Certificate | By Dr. Peter Atangwho

Then, check for the curable STI’s like gonorrhea, syphilis, yeast infections & Chlamydia,
Your next concern should be knowing your intending spouse’s genotype and rhesus compatibility.

For rhesus, you can either be Rhesus positive or negative. If a Rhesus NEGATIVE lady marries a Rhesus POSITIVE man, there’s a 50% chance their baby will be rhesus positive.

If care is not taken during pregnancy and childbirth, this could cause Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn.

Next, fertility tests are crucial because most couples would like to have kids. You should do at least these 3 common tests to check fertility;

– Seminal fluid analysis
– Hormonal assay
– Pelvic ultrasound scans

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9 Tests You Should Do Before You Sign Your Marriage Certificate | By Dr. Peter Atangwho

The scans will check the state of the internal reproductive organs. Also, check if your prospective spouse has any of the following chronic medical conditions;

– Diabetes
– High blood pressure
Kidney disease
– Liver disease

Knowing this will enable you to seek medical assistance early enough. Also, it will make the needed lifestyle adjustments.

We can’t conclude without mentioning the novel coronavirus. Strictly speaking, COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection. However, it can be passed on by kissing and close body contact, including having sex. It’s always better to be on the safe side and that’s the essence of this thread.

No matter how mad you are in love with him/her, don’t jump into signing that marriage certificate without knowing your partner’s sexual health status!

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