DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her. *
(Visual Description of Episode) – Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumping rope.
The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).
The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.
Episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a black and white striped blouse with black pants and knee-high black and white designed cowboy boots. Her brown, short hair is worn down and she is wearing brown gloss colored lipstick. She is sitting in front of a vintage, finished wood panels that creates a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background on a hot pink chair that is formed in the shape of a big hand. On the wood behind her, displays The Aidan Mack Show logo on Aidan’s right with 3 pictures of pink hearts as trees in pink grass to the side of the logo, each one with different background sky colors. Below the logo is a small black table against the wall that has a wooden sign sitting on it that says, “LOVE” and the “O” is a red heart.
Hey everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!
Many of you out there ask me what the appropriate age level is to watch my show. Its intended for viewers ages 18 and older! Personally, I don’t believe in categorizing content by age groups. I love the diverse age range of my viewers and we can learn from each other. I want to make that clear. My show is intended for viewers 18 and older, if you’re under 18, it’s up to your parents’ discretion, so ask them if it’s okay to watch my show, and then feel free! Again, this show is intended for viewers 18 and older!
(Insert picture of a screen that reads, “Your sexual health matters,” in turquoise and pink)
Anyway, I’m excited to talk about something that really matters. Health. This discussion is long overdue, and there’s not a lot of research on women’s health, specifically sex health. Now our life spans are longer than ever, and even after menopause our lives still continue right? Which means that doctors, scientists, and other medical professionals have to research diligently to be up to date on current research findings, which allows them to better understand our bodies. The information we have now is still fairly new and what experts eh…
Maybe I need practice signing with one hand and drinking with the other. That’s interesting. Maybe I should practice more, so I can continue signing and not have to stop while I drink.
(Insert picture of a screen that has a cartoon of a woman holding up her index finger and a red bubble to her right that reads, “Women are trained to refrain from talking about sex”)
People are realizing that our sex health is important to analyze.
(Insert picture of three bubbles overlapping each other one is pink, one is blue and the front one is purple and reads, “ Sex, worth talking about”)
As we get older, conditions, and issue surface and become health situations.
(Insert various pictures on the screen one is a picture of a half of a face that is smooth and free of wrinkles and the other half of the face has wrinkles, the following picture is a health practitioner holding a red heart shape and underneath in yellow it says, “Health Issues”)
As these situations surface it prevents us from having a healthy sex life.
(Insert picture of a happy couple touching noses with each other, a white blonde woman and a white male with brownish-grey hair)
Also women are hesitant to bring up their concerns to their partners, and feel like they’re just complaining.
(Insert picture of a woman who appears to be arguing with her male partner. She has brown curly hair and is turned with her back to her partner while he holds up his hand and looks like he is making an argument)
Some women feel uncomfortable, and their husbands dismiss those feelings, concerns, and issues, resulting in women feeling left in the dark.
(Insert another picture of a couple and a white woman with brown short hair is sitting resting her head on her hand looking disappointed, while a white man sits behind her)
(Insert a picture of a female looking into the distance)
(Insert a picture of Dr. Lauren Streicher smiling)
Now, this woman, Dr. Lauren Streicher, OBGYN, She’s been providing care for over 25 years to thousands of patients. Through her interactions and observations of the women she’s worked with over time, she realized there’s not much information on something that desperately needed to be researched like menopause and women’s sex health. Her research consisted of surveys and interviews of various people out there, specifically women of course.
One of her findings that I thought was interesting was that 80% of women who’ve experienced a heart attack tend to not have engage in sex because they’re afraid it will end up killing them.
(Insert picture of a woman in a blazer and her hand is on the area of her heart, which is marked red, showing that she may have heart problems)
Those uncertain and uneasy feelings aren’t because of their health, it’s because they haven’t brought it up to their health care providers. They rather keep things under wraps, because they’re uncomfortable and afraid.
(Insert picture of a red screen with many cells and the word “cancer” in white that is shown by two cells destroying each other)
90% of women who have or have had cancer can’t get back into their sex lives, because they experience vaginal dryness and sometimes sudden menopause, which results in decreasing sexual activity. Again, these concerns are kept a secret and are not discussed with doctors. Women remain silent. So it’s necessary to have these discussions and express your concerns to your doctors. Let them know that before you were sexually active and now you’re uncomfortable to engage sexually. Ask them what should you do about it. It’s crucial to open this dialogue up with your doctor. Women don’t communicate their concerns, so how can they get medical assistance?
Also many people with diabetes experience genital nerve damaging, both in the penis and the vagina.
(Insert picture of a screen with various colorful fruits on it and someone holding up a tool to track their diabetes)
Sometimes they experience issues with having orgasms and the damage can be irreversible; they can’t feel sensation anymore. Endocrinologists have discussed that these conversations don’t get brought up and they’re unaware of what their patients are going through in regards to these various issues.
Also other conditions like fatigue and stress impact our sex lives.
(Insert picture of a screen with a black woman holding her hands out while appearing to be stressed out by many factors that surround her such as a clock, money, a house, a weight, medicine, etc.)
(Insert picture of a boy and a girl with what appears to be their mother in between. The mother is holding the girl and there are books floating around them, a basketball, a clock, etc.)
People are realizing this is something to further investigate in the hopes of being able to understand and provide better quality services for women.
(Insert a screen of a female cartoon yelling into a loud speaker, “Women’s Health Matters!”)
It’s also important that the things I’ve mentioned today start while we’re young, taking better care of ourselves for our futures so it doesn’t catch up to us later. It’s better to be proactive now and prepared!
(Insert screen with a picture of a woman holding her temples on both sides of her head with the words, “Menopause & Sex: How Menopause Affects Sexuality”)
Like, for example, today there’s more research on menopause. Women’s bodies go through many changes which affects our bone health, impacts sex health, mental health, our hearts, and several other parts of the body can be impacted as well.
(Insert screen of a picture for a woman standing with different arrows pointed to her body, the top of the picture reads, “The Most Common Menopause Symptoms” and the arrows point to her head, “Mood Swings,” her chest, “Hot Flashes and Night Sweats,” and her uterus area, “Irregular periods, Loss of Libido, and Vaginal Dryness.”)
Now more doctors are studying these changes and impacts to be able to accommodate patients better by being able to prevent and manage their symptoms more successfully each day. As we all know, we can’t stop the aging process but it doesn’t have to be bad! It can become manageable; our life expectation is longer than it’s ever been before and because of this doctors and scientists are shocked, as they continue to be updated with current findings.
(Insert screen of a picture of a white female lying next to a white male in bed with her back turned to him and the words, “Menopause and sex”)
Dr. Streicher thought about what was missing in current research and realized it’s women’s sex health and menopause. So, she decided to set up a clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
(Insert screen of a picture of a woman sitting with a female medical practitioner with medicine in the background)
She founded North West Feinberg School of Medicine.
(Insert picture of North West Feinberg School of Medicine)
(Insert picture of a screen that says “Sexual Health”)
(Insert a picture of a pink screen with the word, “Menopause” where the letter “U” is the two-lined symbol for pause and the pause symbol is a stick figure girl’s legs)
She founded the school to specifically tackle women’s sex health and menopause, with the goal to give women their satisfaction back.
(Insert picture of a elderly white couple laying in bed, man holding the woman with a red rose on top of her and surrounded by roses in the background)
Ensuring that women have a better quality of their sex lives for longer. Most women think that there’s no solution, it’s all over and there’s not much that can be done. Noo, that’s not the case, there’s a solution as long as you look for one. There are solutions out there that can help things move along. Husbands and wives can continue their sex lives again.
Again, it’s important to communicate with your doctor and have these conversations. Realize this is our health, you know, sometimes fear stops us from enjoying sex. So it’s crucial if any of you notice any changes or any discomforts, bring it up with your doctor and if you don’t feel comfortable with your doctor, change your doctor. As we get older we need a doctor by our side that makes us comfortable and make sure our health is still in the groove of things.
I hope this episode helps you understand and realize there’s always a way for improvement if you look for one.
I wish you all the best of health!
Thank you Casey and Domenick for interpreting!
(Coffee mug that has “#love” written on it in red.)
(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (Music fades)
The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (Dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)