Pre-marital Screening: The significance and how it can lead to happier marital relations in Pakistan
When looking to marry and starting a family, "physical compatibility" is as important as any of the other driving forces of a successful marriage.
“Do you believe that you’re marrying the right person?” is a question that haunts many. Today we help you find the means to answer this question.
Most couples generally believe that mental and emotional compatibility are the most important driving forces of a successful marriage. Therefore, people tend to prioritize the level of understanding, communication, and experiences between them and their partners when deciding their companions.
But is that the only thing people should worry about when deciding who to marry? NO!
There is another extremely important factor to consider when choosing the ‘right person’ and it has nothing to do with love or emotions.
When looking to marry and starting a family, “physical compatibility” is as important as any of the other driving forces of a successful marriage.
In Pakistan, half of the population marries a first or second cousin without considering the risk of autosomal recessive genetic disorders (genetic ailments passed from parents to the child resulting in cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, down syndrome, and more) caused by cousin marriages.
A WHO report states that more than 300,000 infants are born with severe congenital anomalies every year and die within four weeks of birth. The major cause of this is linked to consanguinity — when parents are related by blood (cousin marriages). Pakistan reportedly has the highest consanguinity rate at about 70 percent.
Even when it comes to marriages between people unrelated by blood, there are several alarming risks like Thalassemia – an inherited blood disorder. If you and your partner carry the traits for Thalassemia, there is a high chance that your baby may inherit the disease. Most soon-to-be-married couples do not consider the detrimental effects of genetic, infectious, and transmissible diseases on their marriage, which is why an estimated 5000-9000 children are born with β-thalassemia every year.
It is high time that Pakistanis stop risking families by marrying based on cultural or emotional instincts and understand the physical compatibility of their marriage before saying “Qubool Hai”.
Normalize Premarital Screening in Pakistan
Premarital screening primarily helps a couple identify a wide range of conditions such as genetic disorders, blood transmitted and infectious diseases, abnormal conditions that potentially reduce the chances of pregnancy, and so much more! Going through a variety of tests under the screening can help a couple steer clear of the unnecessary biological, psychological, social, and emotional trauma caused by problems in married life ahead.
Imagine the number of lives this can protect, the amount of money spent on treatments this can save, and the ‘true happiness’ this can bring into your married lives. Premarital screening is one series of tests that acts as the first line of defense for a couple’s happiness by safeguarding their future. So ask yourself again, do you believe that you’re marrying the right person, and find the correct answer in your physical compatibility!
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