Your wedding day can be one of the most exciting days of your entire life. As you are thinking of your wedding day and making all the necessary plans to have it to go off without a hitch, you'll also want to have these medical tests and procedures taken care of before the big day.
If you have been sexually active before getting married, you will want to ensure you won't be passing a sexually transmitted disease to your new spouse. Even if you have no symptoms and you have already been sexually active with your spouse-to-be, you should get it done. If you have a sexually transmitted disease, the earlier it gets detected, the easier it is to treat. Also, if left untreated, some STDs can be very harmful to your body and can cause infertility.
Some common diseases you'll want to get tested for include
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Your primary doctor can test you for sexually transmitted diseases, or it can be done at an STD clinic or family planning center. Most insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover STD testing.
If you are a bride-to-be, another test you should be sure to get before getting married is a pap smear. This is especially true if you have been sexually active and have never had one done before. Getting this test will ensure you don't have HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer. Doctors recommend a first pap smear should be done at 21 years of age, even if you have never had sex before. Getting a pap smear is an easy way to maintain a healthy cervix and is important for early detection of cervical cancer.
If you are the husband-to-be, you might want to think about getting a fertility test. If you and your future spouse want to have children someday, having this test done before getting married can be helpful. According to research, one-third of infertility cases can be linked to the male. Whether it's a low sperm count, or another fertility issue, the sooner it's caught, the earlier it can be treated. One advantage of having this test done early is if you find out you're infertile, you won't have to worry about using birth control.
By getting these three medical tests done, at a clinic like Safer STD Testing, before your wedding day, you can ensure you are sexually healthy, making getting married even more fun and exciting.