I'm curious about the contents of the bridal check
Do you know the bridal check? Recently, there have been many opportunities to be featured in magazines, etc., and I have heard more and more.
However, there are many people who do not know what to do in the actual bridal check, or who think that they can only receive it before marriage because of the impression of the name.
Here, we will explain the inspection items and costs of the bridal check. If you want to have children in the future, regardless of whether you have a partner or not, please refer to it.
Find out in this article
- Who is recommended for bridal check?
- Bridal check inspection items and costs
- Flow and after receiving the bridal check
What is a bridal check?
A bridal check is a checkup menu for women before and after marriage .
However, regardless of whether you get married or not, if you want to have children in the future, it is better to take it.
At the bridal check, you can undergo various tests to check whether you have any diseases that can be transmitted to your baby, or whether you have hidden diseases that affect pregnancy and childbirth. Not all medical institutions offer it, but it can be done at gynecology departments, medical checkup facilities, infertility clinics, urology departments, etc.
Who is recommended for bridal check?
The bridal check is to prepare for future pregnancies and childbirth, checking for diseases that can be transmitted to the baby and infectious diseases that increase the risk of infertility and miscarriage .
Therefore, we recommend the following:
- Desire to give birth in the future
- I want to know early whether there is a disease peculiar to women
- I want to reduce the risk of diseases that make it difficult to conceive and diseases that affect the fetus
There are also some people who are looking for a hospital in consideration of the need for treatment in the future.
Flow of receiving a bridal check
First, find a facility that offers bridal checks and make a reservation. On the day of your appointment, you will generally fill out a medical questionnaire, undergo tests such as blood tests and ultrasonography, and receive an interview with a doctor.
The test itself usually takes about an hour, and it takes about two weeks for the results to come out . Depending on the inspection items of the bridal check, it may be necessary to perform two inspections, one during the menstrual period and one other than the menstrual period. Please check when making a reservation or on our website.
Contents of bridal check
We will tell you about the contents of the bridal check and each inspection item. The basic inspection contents differ depending on the facility. In some cases, an additional inspection fee may be charged as an option. Find out what kind of tests are required.
Ultrasound examination of the uterus and ovaries
Ultrasound is an ultrasound examination of the uterus and ovaries by inserting a long, thin instrument called a probe into the vagina . We check for uterine fibroids, endometriosis, congenital malformations, ovarian tumors/cysts, polycystic ovary syndrome, etc., which may lead to infertility.
cervical cancer screening
A cervical cancer test is a test that collects cells by scraping the entrance of the uterus (cervix) to check for cancer cells and cells with dysplasia before cancer . People at high risk of cervical cancer are said to be in their 20s and 30s, who are in the childbearing age1). It can be said that it is an important test to know whether the uterus can be kept healthy during pregnancy.
Endometriosis is a disease in which endometrial-like tissue grows outside the uterus and is associated with infertility . Laparoscopy is necessary for definitive diagnosis, but it may be discovered by ultrasonography, pelvic examination, blood test, etc. mentioned above.
Testing for sexually transmitted infections (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, etc.)
Many sexually transmitted diseases progress without subjective symptoms, and unnoticed pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and mother-to-child transmission. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be detected through a vaginal discharge test, and syphilis and HIV can be detected through a blood test .
Liver function test
Liver function can be checked with a blood test. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are among the most important liver diseases to watch out for during pregnancy . In both cases, the route of infection is mainly through the blood, but caution is required as the baby may be infected during delivery.
Anemia is a condition in which the concentration of hemoglobin in red blood cells is low and can be detected by a blood test. Anemia is more likely to develop during pregnancy because more blood is needed for the growing fetus. In addition , anemia during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight and stillbirth, so it is important to take early measures .
Diabetes can be detected by a blood test. High blood sugar levels during pregnancy are known to increase the risk of diabetic macrosomia, severe preeclampsia due to maternal diabetes complications, premature birth, and congenital malformations2 ). .
Thyroid function test
Thyroid function can be checked with a blood test. Thyroid hormone disease can be found in the twenties, and too much or too little can cause irregular menstruation, infertility, and miscarriage . Thyroid hormone is involved in fetal development, so it is a necessary test for those who are thinking about becoming pregnant.
Other hormone tests
Other hormone tests include prolactin and AMH (anti-Mullerian hormone) . Prolactin is a hormone involved in gonadotropins and gonadal function in addition to stimulating lactation. By looking at the prolactin level, you can see the possibility of infertility with ovulatory disorders. AMH is said to be an index of ovarian age because the amount of AMH secretion decreases with age. It is a test that can estimate the number of eggs that will develop in the future. Both can be confirmed by blood tests.
test for men
The bridal check that men receive is generally an infectious disease test and a semen test . It is almost the same as the test items for infectious diseases that women receive. Blood tests for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, etc., and urine tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea. A semen analysis measures semen volume, sperm concentration, sperm motility, and normal morphology. Rubella in early pregnancy increases the risk of giving birth to children with disabilities such as deafness. It is safe for men to take a rubella antibody test so that they do not infect women.
How much does a bridal check cost?
The cost of a bridal check is generally 10,000 to 30,000 yen, including a basic inspection.
If there are other tests that you want to take separately, it will cost about 2,000 to 5,000 yen for each additional test. There are also facilities where a pair discount is applied if both men and women receive a bridal check on the same day.
In addition, depending on the municipality and age, you may be able to use a cancer screening ticket or a rubella antibody titer test subsidy, so be sure to check.
The bridal check is a medical treatment at your own expense, but if you already have symptoms or need treatment as a result of the check, it may be covered by insurance .
Flow after receiving bridal check
If your bridal checkup reveals a disease that could affect your baby in the future, talk to your doctor and start treatment early . If it can be detected early, the treatment period can be shortened, and the financial burden and mental burden can be reduced.
A bridal check does not determine if you are fertile, but it is true that women have a limited fertile window. Let's face your body so that you can welcome your baby in a better condition.
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The bridal check is different from general gynecological examinations, and is an examination for future pregnancies . As a result of the examination, sexually transmitted diseases may be discovered, and major illnesses may be found. I'm afraid of the results, the test = painful, isn't it? There are many people who feel uneasy.
However, if any abnormality is found, it is better to find it early and start treatment early. If you want to have children in the future, please take a bridal check as soon as possible.
1) Takashi Umezawa, et al., “Research on awareness of cervical cancer among women under 30 years old and factors for undergoing cancer screening,” Welfare Index, Vol. 59, No. 2, 2012 https://www.hws-kyokai .or.jp/images/ronbun/all/201202-03.pdf
2) Ichiro Yasunichi, “Today’s Issues in Pregnancy with Abnormal Sugar Metabolism: From Perinatal Management to Preconception Care,” Journal of the Japanese Society of Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine, Vol.58, No.1, 2022 https: //www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jjspnm/58/1/58_9/_pdf