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Most people believe that reproductive health care is easy to get in California, because our reproductive rights are stronger than in many other states. Yet despite our legal rights, in the real world, reproductive choice is still out of reach for millions of women in California. Lack of providers, insurance issues, travel expenses, misinformation and judgmental people all create barriers for women who are just trying to make the choices that are right for them.

Since 1993, Access has used a combination of direct services, community education and policy advocacy to combat these barriers and make reproductive health and choice a reality for ALL women. We provide free and nonjudgmental information, referrals, advocacy, peer counseling, transportation, housing and financial assistance to women seeking all types of reproductive health care. We are also advocates and defenders of every woman's right to make the reproductive and sexual decisions that are right for her. No other organization in California provides the same range of support and advocacy for women who are seeking or considering abortion.

ACCESS discusses barriers to reproductive healthcare, including timely access to Medi-Cal, in the Los Angeles Times article, Women's Clinics See Rise in Calls and Visits.

Learn more about Medi-Cal access for pregnant women in our latest Policy Brief, Barriers to Entry: Ensuring Equitable and Timely Access to Medi-Cal for Pregnant Women

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of women

Women who understand their sexual and reproductive health rights can be stronger than those who don’t.

The global status of women, as well as girls' sexual and reproductive health and rights, is shocking. It is estimated that 225 million women worldwide are willing to adopt contraception, and they can’t access such services. Also, data reveal that 800 women die daily from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth yet, these cases can be prevented.

Moreover, 40% of UN member countries perceive same-sex relationships between consenting partners as a criminal offense.

Why is this issue important?

ACCESS supports the fact that a woman’s ability to control what she does to her body, and access to medical services regardless of her ethnicity, sexuality, her level of income, and where she lives is a fundamental right.

Once a woman has a better understanding of her reproductive health rights, and she can make a sound decision regarding when to get involved in sexual intercourse or to become a mother as well as knowing when she is safe from sexual violence, she can have the power to realize her rights.

She can also get the opportunity to complete her education, pursue the career of her choice, or vie for a political position.

How we are making an impact

Though some obstacles often face hard-won sexual health rights for women, ACCESS is determined to bring a new face to the status quo. Give the targeted investments in grassroots women group and proactive campaigns that ACCESS is holding, the organization is determined to transform lives and give women a voice in their fight for sexual health and basic reproductive rights.

ACCESS has given approximately 1,384 grants to 832 organizations to empower women regarding their sexual health and reproductive rights all over the world. We have also supported women groups, helped decriminalize first-trimester abortion in Uruguay and Mexico City. Above all, we have supported the first lesbian groups in India, Croatia Lebanon, and other places.

Discrimination, entrenched cultural practices, stigma, and restrictive laws and policies to mention a few, are some of the barriers women and girls face while fighting for their sexual health and reproductive health. Despite that evidence that such awareness has a transformative effect not only on the individual but also to the national economies, families and societies, the progress seems to be slow. Besides men have been uusually unspportive for the cause and need some awareness and tips on womens' sexual rights.

To drive equality, we must unite and commit fully and actively to the sexual health and reproductive rights for females.

Penis Size Matters To A Man and womens' sexual perspectives

What do most women perceive the question: is the size of a penis necessary for a happy romantic relationship? According to an article by AlannaVagianos, a third (aged 15-18 years) of the 33 women who attempted to answer the question regarding penis size and happy relationships said yes.

The larger number of young women who claimed that the penis size doesn’t matter summed the explanation in one comment – it more of how you use it. Not the size. Others giggled while some women honestly said that in reality, the size matters. One of the women boldly replied that being comfortable with your body is the most important thing. What caught everyone’s attention is a comment from a lady who said that when it comes to the heart of vision, the penis size matters.

What about the case where your lover is not secure about his penis size?

Though it sounds funny, it is true that most boys compare their penis sizes while playing. As they grow up, the comparison continues especially during shower time in school. Also, some men are exposed to adult movies where they see extraordinarily big penis and how women genuinely enjoy them.

If these men have a small penis, their insecurities will heighten and surprisingly, start feeling insecure, inadequate or even intimidated just because if their penis size.

Well, most men are secure and proud of their penis size. It is worth noting that even those who have big penis needs to be reassured how good their sex organs are. Therefore, if you notice that your partner is insecure about his penis size, try praising his sex organ while telling him how good it is and how much you love it.

• Tell him that it is how he uses it on that brings all the pleasure and not the size

• Remind him that to you; sexual satisfaction is not determined by the physical size of his penis. It is determined by love and intimacy he has for you while making love. Also dirct him to some useful tips and information on increasing the size.

• Ensure that he is aware that you love him because of his big head and not the tiny one in between his legs.

Being overweight can also sometimes make the male organ appear smaller. Women should direct men to take some good anti obesity medicines.

Does Penis Size Affect Fertility?

This question has bothered men for centuries especially if they had problems in their relationships. But still, the question remains, does penis size has an impact on fertility?

The simplest answer the question is no. All men with large, medium, or small sex organs are fathers. However, it is worth noting that there is a measurement that may be a good indication of your fertility in future.

Anogenital distance (AGD) is more important than the size of penis according to a piece published in Environmental Perspective Journal. Another factor that can hinder fertility is premature ejaculation, but there are good medicines to counteract that.

What is AGD?

This is the distance between the nearest attachment of the scrotum to the body and anus. The average AGD should be two inches, though some men have longer or shorter AGD.

Ideal AGD for fertility

You need to stop measuring the size of your penis in an attempt to determine fertility chances. Checking your AGD is ideal. Measurements which are lower that two inches imply that you have small chances of fertility while measurements above two inches indicate heightened fertility.

How certain is the association between fertility and AGD?

When it comes to the relationship between AGD and fertility, most people become confused. However, a study that involved 126 men who were attempting to start their families shed some light to this question. Their AGD and sperm counts were measured analyzed and compared. Don’t be surprised that it was found that men who have low AGD usually have low sperm count levels.

You should understand that not all fertility problems are associated with AGD. According to Natan Bar-Chama of Mt. Sinai Hospital argues that the existing connection between AGD and fertility was made by professionals who were not mature in connection to understanding fertility.

Is small penis size directly related to low AGD measurement?

In some cases, these two concepts are related. According to studies done in the past, phthalates is associated with low AGD measurements and women who have come into contact with phthalates give birth to boys with a small penis. Phthalates are chemicals present in personal items, plastics and much more.

Are phthalates to blame for small AGD?

Phthalates are not the only causes of AGD. You should understand that other factors such as body size can result to low AGD measurements.

Penis size is not a determinant of your fertility. Though there are other medical conditions like the micro penis that leads to shortening of the male organ until it affects productivity, this condition is rare. Have you ever realized that a typical male penis is five to six inches in erect? Yours could be healthier than you think.

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