Medical Q&As

Marriage between cousins

I am planning to marry my first cousin. We are worried about having a family but want to have children so much. Is there a real danger for us in having children ?

There is a high probability that close relatives share many of the same genes. As first cousins you and your partner would have many genes in common. Some of these genes could be recessive genes. Neither of you would be affected by such genes but if both of you carry the same recessive gene there is a one in four chance that any child born from this union could have an important inherited defect. Some religious groups have a difficulty with such marriages so I think you need to get proper medical and church advice so that you are more fully informed on this matter.