It is very important to know your Rhesus factor. Not just for medical purposes but marriage purposes.
To the ignorant married woman, she blames the terrible experience on the witches in her village. She doesn’t know that she and the dysfunctional health system and pre-marital carelessness is the cause of her predicament.
Ever heard of the word Rhesus factor? Rh factor is a protein that is or not present on the surface of the red-blood-cell.
People with the Rh factor are Rh positive (+).
Those without the Rh factor are grouped as Rh negative (-).
The + and – in front of the blood group is the rhesus factor. So we have A+, A-, O+, O-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-. And the A, B, AB and O are the major blood groups.
Rhesus factor is genetic, it’s gotten from the parents. Emphatically, the man.
So what is the implication of having a positive or negative Rhesus Factor?
If you are Rh positive eg (A+, B+, O+, AB+) you are safe. But if you are negative eg (A-, B-, AB-, O-) you are not.
For male Rh – you are safe but if female, you aren’t. If an Rh- woman gets pregnant for a man who is Rh- you are safe.
But if you get pregnant for a man who is Rh+ you aren’t safe.
Most people are Rh+ and only very few are negative. The possibility for an Rh- woman to find an Rh- man is slim and that’s where the problem lies.
Let us assume a woman is Rh- and during her school days, she aborted a pregnancy. The man who got her pregnant then was Rh+. Obviously, her baby was Rh+.
During the abortion, the Rh+ blood came in contact with her Rh- blood. That was the beginning of her problem.
Once Rh- comes in contact with an rh+, certain antibodies are activated. These antibodies are activated to stop anything they think is a threat from coming into the body.
E.g a baby. An Rh- woman with activated antibodies would keep having miscarriages. The antibodies would keep fighting and taking out any foetus.
The woman might end up childless and if not properly informed might think she is under demonic oppression.
Women with activated antibodies are RH sensitive. And once these antibodies are activated they can never be deactivated until the woman dies.
Antibodies are activated in an Rh- woman by abortion, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and childbirth.
During childbirth of an Rh- woman who got impregnated by an Rh+ man, children inherit their rhesus factor from the man.
Rhesus Factor incompatibility is the reason for most miscarriages.
So once the baby’s Rh+ comes in contact with the woman Rh- during delivery, the antibodies are immediately activated. So after that particular childbirth, the woman would keep having miscarriages because the activated antibodies would as usual fight off any foreign body.
The antibodies can be stopped from being activated by administering an injection known as Rh Immunoglobulin to a negative woman.
The injection is administered 28wks into pregnancy, 72 hrs after delivery, after ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or abortion. If it’s not administered and the antibodies are activated, it would never be deactivated.
Because our dysfunctional health system doesn’t promote proper rhesus factor sensitization, a married woman is left helpless after one simple mistake.
Mothers tell your girls and sisters, an Rh- girl must be extremely careful. Because of the very small number of Rh- people, it’s extremely rare to find an Rh- man.
The possibility to get pregnant for an Rh+ man is high. Once she gets pregnant for a positive man and rushes to have a quick abortion, she might have as well jeopardized her future for life.
Apart from this, a woman with a negative rhesus factor has no problem. However, it can be controlled with Rh Immunoglobulin injection.
An Rh- man or woman cannot receive blood donation from an Rh+. it would lead to death as the blood would immediately clog and cake.
Operation know-your-rhesus-factor today.
Check into any nearby hospital and test your blood group…
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