Are you and your partner compatible? Take this test

Posted at 02/04/2014 12:55 PM | Updated as of 02/04/2014 9:01 PM

MANILA – Are you and your partner physically compatible? You may want to take a simple test, a doctor said.

According to Dr. Ronald Elepaño III, a psychiatrist at The Medical City, partners can scientifically check if they are compatible through a deep, passionate kiss.

He said partners will “feel the compatibility” through an exchange of saliva, citing a set of molecules found in each person called the major histocompatibility complex (MHC).

The MHC, Elepaño explained, also determines the compatibility of donors for organ transplants.

“So paano ba masasabi na compatible kayo? ‘Yun ‘yung kanta na ‘How do you know if he loves me so? It’s his kiss.’ May katotohanan po ‘yun dahil po sa ating laway, meron tayong tinatawag na major histocompatibility complex,” he said in an interview on the radio DZMM program “Sakto” on Tuesday.

“Kapag naghalikan kayo, nagkakaroon ng palitan ng laway… So ‘yung major histocompatibility complex, eto ‘yung mga protina na nakikita sa ating katawan. Ito rin ‘yung ginagamit sa ospital para malaman, halimbawa, kung nagpapa-transplant tayo ng organ, humahanap tayo ng donor. Compatible kapag tinanggap mo itong organ na ito, kung hindi ire-reject ng katawan mo. Ganito rin ang nakikita sa laway.

“Kung baga taste test ‘yun, ‘pag naghalikan kayo,” he added. “Kapag hindi niyo masyado feel ang paghahalikan, may ibig sabihin ‘yun, sini-signal ng katawan na hindi magiging maganda ang pairing na ito. ‘Yung katawan mo, kung baga, nire-reject ‘yung tao na ‘yun. Testing talaga ‘yun.”

Elepaño said this is the case assuming that both partners have good oral hygiene, noting that some may tend to get turned off because of bad breath and not necessarily due to MHC incompatibility.

“Kailangang malinis ang bibig,” he said.

The doctor went on to mention how the lips are among the most sensitive parts of a person’s body, even more delicate than the sex organ.

“Sabi rin po sa pag-aaral na isa sa pinakasensitibong parte ng katawan natin eh labi. Kung baga sa sensitivity, mas sensitive pa siya kumpara sa ating sex organ na ginagamit sa pakikipagtalik,” he said. “So malaki talaga ang naidudulot ng pakikipaghalikan sa pag-ibig.”