Why Is It Important for the Bride to Take a TORCH Screen?
TORCH stands for 4 kinds of diseases, namely toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and type 2 herpes simplex (HSV2).
All TORCH infections have negative impacts towards pregnancy, childbirth process, and might cause permanent disorders or defects for the fetus/infant. Even the disorders or defects might just be revealed upon adolescence or adulthood. The bad impacts usually emerge when the infection occurs in the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Most cases of TORCH show no symptoms. If any, generally the symptoms are not specific and don' t emerge immediately, making them barely detectable. It is frequent that a case of TORCH is just recognized following an occurrence of a disorder or defect symptom in adolescence or adulthood. Therefore, several supporting tests are necessary to early detect the potential of TORCH. One of the supporting tests is the blood test taken by the bride before the wedding.
TORCH during pregnancy is more likely to be a serious issue compared to one in different condition. TORCH screen is highly recommended for:
- women expecting marriage and planning to get pregnant
- women who are recently or currently pregnant, either with negative result or not having check-up yet. Ideally, the monitoring should be taken every 3 months.
- newborn babies whose mothers are infected during the pregnancy.
How to respond to the TORCH test result?
When the TORCH test result indicates a problem (Positive IgM and/or IgG), it doesn' t necessarily mean that the wedding must be canceled. Consult your doctor for further treatment immediately to prevent unwanted impacts of TORCH. When the test result shows no issue, below are some of recommended preventive measures:
- Take the test regularly
- Cook well your meat and wash your hands after cooking raw meat
- Always wash your hands after being in contact with soil that may be contaminated by animals' feces.
- For pregnant women, avoid contact with materials or insects potentially affected by cat' s feces (such as cockroaches and flies)
- Perform safe sex
- Take rubella vaccination