Planning to get married? Here’s a do-list for couples

On Monday, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tied the knot in a private ceremony in Milan, Italy. Virat and Anushka have redefined their relationship and are giving us some major relationship goals. So, maybe you're pursuing premarital counseling right now, or maybe it's the last thing on your mind. Either way, you already know there are a few touchy issues engaged couples are ‘supposed’ to talk about before making it official. We asked the experts about the do-list for marriage

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Marriage is as big as a milestone. However, most people enter into this lifelong union without adequate knowledge of their partner’s health status. And become disappointed and frustrated with marriage because of medical conditions that could have been identified and tackled before this lifelong commitment.

Here are the must dos which every bride and groom should take it into consideration, before taking the plunge. Arti Shroff, Mumbai-based clinical psychologist said, “I have seen many clients who experience anxiety towards sexual activity during the time they are getting married. These clients are very misinformed and have to be psycho educated. Men commonly worry about premature ejaculation and women are often concerned about body issues. In such cases, sex education and counseling is very effective.”

She added, “Planning a wedding is a stressful live event, couples should constantly communicate, voice their opinions, and not be afraid to reach out for help to manage stress and anxiety. Family planning and the mode of contraception should be discussed before marriage. This will enable the couple to share their expectations and concerns.”

Dr Uday Rane, a Mumbai-based gynaecologist said, “Couples visit me for pre-marriage counseling. Sometimes, we counsel the couple’s family too. The blood pressure, diabetes and blood tests with Rh factor, congenital defects, malignancies and thyroids, are few basic tests which couples undergo before marriage. As, it can be transmitted to the off spring.”

Dr Uday Rane lists out some tests:

  • Test for HIV, Hepatitis B and C and other sexual transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Semen analysis
  • Your partner may or may not have a particular disease but he or she can be a gene carrier of the disease like thalassemia, anaemia and diabetes
  • Before marriage the couples undergo fertility tests
  • Rule out the reason of irregular menses