How to Shave Men's Genitals (Illustrated)

Updated on September 14, 2015

Why should you shave your genitals?

If you hardly shave your love tackle, then you're really missing out on one of life's little pleasures.

Most men are not accustomed to manscaping and may be nervous about taking a razor to such a sensitive area of the body; it's a lot of easier than you think, and the risk of cutting yourself is minimal if you just follow the rules.

This is the most comprehensive and procedural guide you'll find on this subject, based on years of research, experience, trial, and error.

Benefits of Shaving Your Genitals

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Quick, instant results
  • Velvety smooth skin
  • Increased sensitivity and pleasure
  • Fresh-smelling pubic area (hair collects odor)
  • More sexually attractive and inviting (if preferred by your partner)
  • Improves intimate contact (who likes pulling pubes out of their teeth?)
  • Makes your penis look bigger (pubic hair can hide your pride)
  • Less expensive and more discrete than waxing or laser hair removal

Possible Negative Side Effects of Shaving Your Genitals

Here's some of the underwhelming effects:

  • Skin irritation
  • Razor burn
  • Nicks and cuts
  • Risk of infection
  • Painful hair regrowth
  • Itchy skin
  • Pimples
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Increased risk of STD transmittal

However, much of this can be prevented, and I'll show you how to avoid these problems.

There Are Two Ways to Shave Your Genitals

There are two ways you can shave your penis and scrotum. You can use a:

  1. manual razor blade (like the one you would use on your face)
  2. electric body groomer

Regardless of your choice, this tutorial is going to cover both approaches.

Manual Razor or Body Groomer:

Which Is Better for Shaving Your Genitals?

"Better" is relative to the type of results you expect and the amount of effort you want to put into shaving your pubic area. With the razor, you can achieve a very smooth, close shave with some time and effort, while the body groomer is easier but perhaps less smooth.

Go with a manual razor if you want...

...the cleanest, closest, and smoothest shave possible; this method requires a little more effort but is the best way for guys who like it all bare.

The manual razor shown is the Schick Quattro Titanium; it's by far the best manual razor to use if you're going to shave your privates, and I'll explain why in a moment.

Go with an electric body groomer if you want... just trim the area or do a quick and simple shave.

This method is great if you want to leave some hair or quickly shave your groin without all the fuss.

The electric body groomer shown is the Philips Norelco Body Groom Pro, which I recommend highly.

Summary of Shaving Supplies You'll Need To Manscape

Here are the required shaving supplies you will need, based on the method you prefer: manual or electric.

If you choose a manual razor, you will need:

  • Premium razor blade (Schick Quattro)

  • Personal trimmer (Wahl Micro Groomsman Personal Trimmer)

  • Pre-shave oil (Jojoba oil)

  • Unscented, emollient shaving cream (The Art of Shaving Unscented Cream)

  • Antiseptic (The Cool Fix)

  • Body powder (Balla Powder)

If you use an electric body groomer, you will need:

  • Electric body groomer

  • Antiseptic (The Cool Fix)

  • Body powder (Balla Powder)

Recommend Shaving Supplies & Brands

After years of crotch shaving, there is a reason why I specifically chose these products–they are highly effective and help minimize and avoid negative side effects. Some of these products are not the cheapest, but trust me, you don't want to sell your body out to the lowest bidder.

Schick Quattro Titanium Razor Blade

Schick Quattro Titanium Razor
Schick Quattro Titanium Razor | Source

Under no circumstances should you ever take a cheap razor to your jewels. If you do, you are asking to get cut. Those cheap, single and dual-blade razors are no good: you need to get the real deal.

The obvious choices are Gillette, Schick, or King of Shaves, but I don't recommend Gillette or King of Shaves because their razors are, quite frankly, too good. The shave is so close that the hair regrowth is going to look like a Herpes outbreak (not good on date night).

The best choice is the Schick Quattro. Why? Because Schick wraps its blades around a wire framing that prevents you from shaving too close–perfect for shaving sensitive skin.

As a result, using the Schick dramatically minimizes irritation. Now, I'm not saying you won't see some irritation, I'm just saying that it will be minimal compared to the other options. Not only that, you'll be less likely to nick yourself because of the wire-wrapped blades.

In my book, the Schick Quattro is the official razor for manscaping. You can purchase a pack of 8 Schick Quattro blades for about $11 on Amazon.

Wahl Micro Groomsman Personal Trimmer

Wahl Micro Groomsman Personal Trimmer
Wahl Micro Groomsman Personal Trimmer | Source

For those using a regular razor and shaving for the first time, you'll need to get a small trimmer to trim the hair so you don't have issues using your razor; otherwise, your razor is going to get clogged with every stroke.

The Wahl Personal Trimmer is a great tool for this task; Remington makes a good one too. I've used both, and both work very well. You can easily whisk and maneuver these across your backside, and they'll shorten the hair in seconds.

However, the hair on your backside is generally coarse and thick, so I'll be honest, these little units won't last forever–eventually, the motor wears down. If you shave regularly, one of these units may last you about 6 to 9 months.

If by chance you think you will want to purchase a full-size body groomer, you may want to opt for a groomer that has a trimmer built-in.

You can pick up this personal trimmer on Amazon for about $8.

Philips Norelco BodyGroom Pro

Philips Norelco Body Groom Pro
Philips Norelco Body Groom Pro | Source

An electric body groomer is great for guys who want speed, efficiency, and an easy clean-up. There are a number of groomers on the market, some better than others.

The Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro is one of the best body groomers you can buy; it features a sleek design and is very easy to maneuver. In addition, it offers a dual-end design, meaning it's got shavers on both ends of the unit.

The best feature of the Bodygroom Pro is that it's designed to minimize skin irritation. The blades and combs are gently rounded to prevent scratching of the skin and the 3-D pivoting head allows for close shaves with less irritation. The foil is also hypoallergenic.

You can purchase the Philips Bodygroom Pro for about $70 on Amazon.

Pre-Shave Oil: Jojoba Oil

Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil
Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil | Source

A pre-shave oil is not required, but is nice to have if you're using a manual razor. If you apply a little pre-shave oil to your skin before you apply the shaving cream, you will get a much smoother shave.

Pre-shave oil helps minimize razor friction and irritation; it's also very nourishing for the skin.

You can buy pre-shave oil from many of the shaving companies at a premium. However, one of the best, most economical solutions I've used is Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil. Jojoba oil is commonly used in many of the expensive pre-shave products but it's more economical just to buy a bottle.

Also, if you feel like you need any hydration after shaving, this is a great post-shave moisturizer; jojoba oil is not very oily and dries quickly, so it won't leave you greasy.

Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil is my favorite brand, and it retails for about $12 on Amazon.

The Art of Shaving Unscented Shaving Cream

The Art of Shaving Unscented Shaving Cream
The Art of Shaving Unscented Shaving Cream | Source

You do not want to use just any shaving cream on your groin area. A lot of shaving creams aren't very emollient, and some have tons of chemicals and fragrance that aren't good for sensitive skin, leading to irritation.

The Art of Shaving Unscented Cream for sensitive skin is one of the best, most emollient shaving creams you can use to shave your genitals. It's super slick, hydrating, and makes shaving so easy.

It's a little pricey, but a little cream goes a long way with this brand; this is not like the over-the-counter shave creams you may be familiar with. Try this one time, you'll never use anything else again, I promise.

A 5 ounce tub of The Art of Shaving Unscented Cream retails for about $18 on Amazon. It's also available in a smaller 2 ounce travel size for men that are on-the-go.

Antiseptic: The Cool Fix

The Cool Fix
The Cool Fix | Source

Antiseptics are a post-shave product and are the most important step in combating irritation, razor bumps, and ingrown hair. An antiseptic is essential to the healing process. Every time you shave you're basically exfoliating your skin, so you want to make sure you apply antiseptic to those open pores.

Unfortunately, I hear a lot of bad stories from men who have horrible breakouts, but none of them bothered to use any post-shave products.

The Cool Fix is one of the best antiseptic products I've ever used; when applied to the body it has a cooling effect. This product also moisturizing, leaving your skin super smooth.

Antiseptics need to be used immediately after you shave; if you do this, it shouldn't burn or sting. If you decide to apply an antiseptic days later after you've developed an irritation, it will likely sting. You're a man though, suck it up.

The Cool Fix retails for about $22 on Amazon.

Balla Body Powder

Balla Powder
Balla Powder | Source

Body powder is a must if you're going to take most the hair off around your pubic area.

One of the advantages to having pubic hair is that it minimizes friction and provides ventilation for the skin. When you remove it, you increase friction to this area, plus your skin gets more clammy. In order to keep your groin cool and minimize itching, you'll want to use a good body powder; this will keep you dry and minimize friction.

And, if you've never used body powder before, you don't know what you're missing. It makes your skin feel smooth and dry and some brands smell amazing. It's addictive.

Balla Powder is a super fine talc and one of my favorites–the scent is unique and the powder leaves your skin feeling silky. Balla offers three talc formulas: oak must, tingly mint, and a fragrance-free formula.

Balla Powder retails for about $13 on Amazon.

Before You Begin Shaving Your Genitals

Set Up Your Workspace

If you're using a manual razor, a bathtub is the most ideal location, because you can:

  • Easily stabilize your your body, back, and hands against the surface of the tub, preventing any slippage.
  • Soak in warm water before you begin shaving to help soften the hair and skin.
  • Rinse your razor quickly and easily in the bathwater.
  • Apply your favorite shower gel to moisturize the area when you're done.
  • Clean up quickly–just drain the tub.

If you're using an electric body groomer, then laying on a bed or sitting on the bathroom floor (with a towel underneath) are good options. Some body groomers are wet groomers, meaning they can be used in the shower (but they can't be submerged in water).

Remember The Golden Rule for Shaving Your Genitals

When you apply a razor (whether it be manual or electric), your skin should always be pulled tight.

Never shave over loose skin–you risk cutting yourself as hair and skin can snag on a razor blade. A razor will run smooth and snag-free as long as you keep the skin taut.

Shaving against vs. With the Grain

When you shave, you have the option to shave with or against the grain. Shaving with the grain is shaving in the direction of the hair growth. Shaving against the grain is shaving in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

Shaving against the grain will provide the smoothest shave, but also increase the risk of irritation. I shave against the grain and get no irritation because I use all the aforementioned products in this overview.

However, this may not be the case for many men. A lot of guys prefer to shave with the grain to prevent outbreaks, razor burn, or ingrown hairs. If you’re a first-timer, you may want to shave with the grain to see how your body reacts.

How To Shave Your Penis & Scrotum

Follow these step-by-step instructions:

Step 1 - Disinfect Your Razor Blade

Disinfect Your Razor Blade
Disinfect Your Razor Blade | Source

Before you begin to shave, you always want to make sure your razor is free from bacteria and debris. Wash the razor under a strong stream of water to dislodge any debris. Next, disinfect your manual razor or body groomer with rubbing alcohol. For a manual razor, pour rubbing alcohol directly onto the razor. For a body groomer, dab a little alcohol onto a cotton ball and wipe the blades and comb. You should always clean and disinfect your razor before you shave.

Step 2 - Trim First

Trim First
Trim First | Source

If your hair is long, trim down all the hairs so they are short enough for the razor to cut easily. If your pubes are not long, then you can skip this step.

Step 3 - Apply Pre-Shave Oil

Apply Pre-Shave Oil
Apply Pre-Shave Oil | Source

Apply pre-shave oil to the shaft of your penis, scrotum, and surrounding areas. This step is optional but recommended to help the razor blade glide better.

Step 4 - Apply Shaving Cream

Apply Shaving Cream
Apply Shaving Cream | Source

Lather up the shave cream in your hands and apply a rich lather to your genitals, then rinse your hands.

Step 5 - Begin Shaving

Begin Shaving
Begin Shaving | Source

Grab the tip of the penis and pull it tight or stimulate an erection in order to pull the skin taut–this will make it much easier to shave.

Take your razor or body groomer and gently glide it along the shaft. Do not press hard--your razor or body groomer will work without force. For the area above and around the penis, use the exact same technique.

For the scrotum, pull the scrotal sac taut and begin shaving in any direction that feels comfortable. The scrotum is like a shape-shifter; it can be troublesome to shave at times because the skin is constantly changing to adjust to the temperature. This is why shaving in a hot bath works best since the skin will be loose enough to pull tight for a close shave. If your scrotal sac normally hangs then this is a non-issue for you.

If you're using a manual razor, be sure to rinse it frequently and pull out any long, stray hairs from the blade.

Again, some people wonder whether you should shave against the grain or not. I shave against the grain for an ultra-smooth shave and get no irritation. However, this is not the case for many men. Some prefer to shave with the grain to prevent outbreaks of razor burn or ingrown hairs. If you're a first-timer, I would shave with the grain, not against, to see how your body reacts.

Once you finish shaving, rinse thoroughly and dry off.

Step 6 - Apply Antiseptic

Apply Antiseptic
Apply Antiseptic | Source

Applying antiseptic is one of the most important steps of your shave. It's going to kill any bacteria, preventing irritation, razor bumps, or ingrown hairs.

To apply, squirt a little antiseptic into your hands and rub evenly and generously on the skin just after shaving.

Let the antiseptic dry before you put on any powder or clothes.

Step 7 - Apply Body Powder

Apply Body Powder
Apply Body Powder | Source

Next, you will want to apply body powder or talcum powder. Unless you want to feel clammy and itchy, this step is a must.

So gents, that's it! You're done! Congratulations!

Hair Regrowth & Ongoing Maintenance of the Shaved Genital Area

Shaving won't offer you permanent hair removal, but most men find that hair on the penis and scrotum tends to regrow at a slower rate, so you'll probably only need to re-shave every couple weeks.

Re-Apply Antiseptic

The antiseptic you used in the initial process should be reapplied for the first few days after you shave. This will make a huge difference in skin outbreaks or irritation.

You may still experience some irritation around the areas where the hair growth was thickest–this is normal, but can be minimized with antiseptic.

Loosen and Soften the Hair

As the hair regrows, you will want to scrub the area with an exfoliating product or cloth. This will help loosen and soften the hair as it regrows in addition to preventing ingrown hairs. If you should get an ingrown hair, you can try to massage it out over a couple of days with a scrub. If that doesn't work, you can get tweezers to remove. You can also make your own scrub by mixing brown sugar and olive oil.


I don't recommend re-shaving daily or every other day–this will usually just aggravate the skin. It's best for you to shave no more than once a week. If you're re-using the same blade, be sure to disinfect it with alcohol to kill any bacteria.

What do you like to or want to shave your genitals?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      bob gorman 

      2 weeks ago

      i used to shave in the 70s and 80s than things got a little to hetic, and just again began to shave 2 years ago. my wife really likes this and you appear a lot bigger. thanks

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      2 months ago

      My dear wife, wants me to shave my junk! She said, "it's way too hairy!" I have cut down, my male bush, from time-to-time! But, I don't ever recall shaving down there! I guess I'll have to man-up, and shave my junk!

      I'll keep you all posted!

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      3 months ago

      I like to shave my butt because I feel cleaner. I always use a baby wipe after going to the bathroom

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      4 months ago

      Like the way it feels and when workong just feels cooler

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      7 months ago

      I've been shaving for 20 years. When I feel stubble in the shower, I take care of it. Gel shaving cream, decent razor and keep everything stretched taught as you do it. No big deal. I had chronic IB - 'itchy balls', but no more.

      Stubble ruins the night when you the give old 'whisker burn' to your partners sensitive areas, so keep it maintained.

      I'm a daily wearer of seamless micro fiber briefs, with the occasional thong if there is a pouch for my stuff. I have 2 thongs from Target that hold me well.

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      10 months ago

      If you have penis skin issues you need to use a penis health creme called Man1 Man Oil. It is made just for the penis and will treat pretty much any issue that isn't related to an STD. It is a wonderful product so keep it in mind. Cheers.

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      13 months ago

      I started shaving my penis about 6 years ago then i wanted to know how it felt to shave my legs also.So i tried it and i love the feel i keep all the hair shaved from the waist down.even my butt crack. I just think it looks better myself. And now my wife doesn't have to worry about getting hair in her mouth..

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      13 months ago

      They shaved me when I had a vasectomy years ago & I've kept it shaven ever since, I wear Panties 24/7 and being clean shaven adds to the soft feeling of my Panties.

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      13 months ago from Florida & Tennessee

      I would advise against using talc. It is linked to cancer of the ovaries.

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      14 months ago


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      18 months ago

      If you have any problems with razor burn or chafing just use a creme called Man1 Man Oil afterward. It is made just for the penis skin and contains some nice moisturizers. Helped me out a lot.

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      19 months ago

      Great article on manscaping, picked up a few tips

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      19 months ago

      I am 60 years old and I have always kept things looking neat and clean between my legs. I have always liked a nice "contrast" between my skin and a nice thick, groomed "bush." Over the course of years, my pubic hair has grayed. I use "Just of Men" mustache and beard hair color every month for a nice dark "forest" as I continue to shave and groom that area, including keeping my balls smooth & silky. I also make sure I keep my "treasure trail" equally trimmed, groomed and colored. Keeping up the trimming (by use of a triple-edge razor) in the shower and coloring makes you look and feel great!

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      20 months ago

      We're a young & very happy married couple of smoothies. We both prefer the sexy, silky smooth feeling of going bare for each other down there. No hair,....Don't care! Who wants to play with the rough & scruffy feeling of rubbing brillo pads together,..... really? :-)

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      2 years ago

      The best thing to use afterwards is a creme called Man1 Man Oil. Unlike baby powder or any other lotion out there, it is made just for the penis skin. It contains natural moisturizers like Vitamin E and shea butter and will keep your penis moisturized, clean and free of irritations. It is an amazing product.

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      2 years ago

      I use the Norelco multi groom and works perfectly. Everywhere. No ingrown, no grains and a very clean look

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      2 years ago

      I use Aftta by Mennen as an aftershave for The sensitive areas and in particular the formerly Harry patch above my rod. It seems to help calm the area does anybody else have a success story with this product? Also, I just received the cool fix in the mail and just to try this product to…

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      B. Aldforlife 

      2 years ago

      Manzillian Waxing left me incredibly smooth for a week but then the nasty ingrowns arrived and take months to deal with with possible scarring. I am headed to Lazor hair removal but will have to shave for the next year during the treatments until I am smooth for life.... Artical is following the regimen so far so good and so smooth!! So illustrations bother you? C'mon grow up! Thanks to the author!!!!

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      2 years ago

      I have a completely different take: Not bragging but the fact is that I have big balls and a Scrotum with a lot of loose skin. No electric shaver works on my balls. I've tried several. They all nick the folds in the skin. Shaving doesn't work well. I can't pull out enough skin to avoid all the folds. Shaving cream is too slippery.

      The only method that works well for me is hair removal cream - the stuff that women use on their legs. First, I cut off as much hair as I could using scissors. Then I bought some brand name stuff. Then I put some on the sensitive area on the back of my elbow to test for rashes or anything else weird. It looked ok after 12 hours. Then I followed the directions. The stuff isn't rubbed in like hand cream. It's put on thick so it covers everything. I waited the recommended 5 minutes with my legs spread apart and then washed it off in the shower. There wasn't a hair left. It was all smooth without cuts or razor burn or the necessity for any after shave lotion. I will never let anything sharp get near my balls again.

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      2 years ago

      Just use a normal razor.

      Better results for smoothness and length of time between shaves.

      Less money too.

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      2 years ago

      Like the way it feels

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      2 years ago

      All you need is some Gillette blades and shaving cream after you trim the hair with a hair clipper. Everything else is a waste of money. If it itches afterwards, brush the area with a hair brush. It feels good.

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      2 years ago

      Non sense a lot of the claims. Trim sure, but wanting to look like a pre-pubescent boy is sick

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      5Oclock pubshadow 

      2 years ago

      I've been grooming my genital hair for over 15 years. When I first started, tried, I used a razor thinking I would like the area shaved. I will say that a very close shave will result in very soft and velvety genital area. But, when the hair starts to grow back, OWWW, it's extremely itchy and quite uncomfortable. The other problem is that razors can cut very close and I ended up cutting myself in a couple of places and that irritation sucks as well.

      I stopped using a razor and started using a personal hair groomer/trimmer. This method doesn't get a smooth as silk removal, but it's much easier to do and still leaves my genitals looking neat and trim. Since there is still very short pubic hair there is no to very little itching as the hair grows back. At first I used a #2 cover to avoid potentially cutting the area. But soon I just used the trimmer without a guide. This gives the closet possible shave without a razor or a razor's problems. I have cut myself even with the trimmer and one time I didn't catch the cut and it became very irritated and red and a little pus came out of the cut area after a few days. Since thin I make sure to be VERY careful to not get any cuts, and if I do I make sure to disinfect and use an antibacterial like neosporin or it's equivalent. I apply it for a couple of days after a grooming and with that process I have not had a repeat infection or irritation.

      This article suggests getting an erection in order to get a better shave, but I find that an erection actually gets in the way of getting a comfortable trim. That could be just me though. I try not to get an erection, but as you guys know sometimes just touching that area makes it pop up and stand at attention.

      BTW, this pictures are useful, but drawing a penis that size is very unrealistic for MOST men. Yes, there are guys who will say that drawing is a "normal" sized penis as theirs may be that size, but the reality is that the vast majority of men's penis's are not that big especially when flaccid.

      Trimming or shaving really does keep the genital area more comfortable and for me I feel lighter and more breezy. Just be very careful to not get cuts, and if you do make sure to follow the articles suggestions on keeping things sanitary and clean. Also, make sure to use an antibacterial like neosporin it will and does help.

      Happy trim to you. :)

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      2 years ago

      I shave after a shower while I am still in there and catch my shaft, balls and a little of the plateau around the shaft about every other day with a "Harry's" razor.

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      3 years ago

      I need to shave my balls now, thanks!

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      3 years ago

      Thanks for the great article and the recommendation of products. Mystified with those thinking the article was funny and not needed.

      Started trimming hair around the base of my shaft because condoms were pulling my pubic hairs, OUCH! [another benefit]

      I leave the pubic hair above that point because it provides a cushion when thrusting.

      Use a battery personal trimmer with a light, about $12. The light allows you to see what you are trimming. Also use it to trim nose and ear hairs. Will last about 6 months to a year.

      With the trimmer remove hair on shaft, balls and anus. Last a week to two weeks. The trimmer does not nick me and leave hairs long enough not to cause a bump.

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      Ahmad Waseem 

      3 years ago

      I have shaved my cock and balls with the surroundings since I was 13--14 years old and now I am 28. It looks so sexy and awesome when I am naked with others [both genders] and I recommend it to all.

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      water base 

      3 years ago

      gud BT I want the good products. all is well

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      3 years ago

      good advice for a nice smooth penis and balls the ladies i have been with love it' they say it makes them feel it much more durig our sexual enconters . just do not cut yourselves and good luck.

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      3 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this article. it provided a lot of helpful tips. I love shaving my pubic hair and love the smooth feel.

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      Kathleen D. 

      3 years ago

      I enjoyed the article, but I work as an esthetician. It's my job to wax these areas, which I love to do on boyfriends. I also like to get them to wear panties for me. If a guy will wear a bra for me then I know that he is really into me. I don't want it to show under his guy clothes. I like "manscaping" a guy's privates just the way I like . It's fun for both of us, and over the years I have never had any of my past boyfriends refuse me. Some salons offer waxing only for girls, but if you ask nicely they might let guys in too.

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      John Ceccon 

      3 years ago from San Diego

      I like some of the negative aspects of shaving your sack.

      Razor burn --- I'll stick with rug burns, thank-you.

      Nicks and cuts --- because your penis looks more appealing when it's covered with cuts and scabs.

      Risk of infection--- because you want your sack to have at least 1 or 2 secondary sacks filled with puss .

      Itchy skin --- because women are attracted to men who are constantly scratching their junk.

      Pimples --- HEY, it's bad enough I get them on my nose.

      Increased risk of STD transmittal - itching AND dripping? No thanks.

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      Libby Spencer 

      3 years ago from Utah, USA

      Me too Missy. And yeah, I agree. This is quite a post and covered everything that guys needs to know. Great post Jacob

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      I have to be honest...I just laughed my butt off reading this. However, you truly covered all the basis on this one. lol... I wonder if any women have written one about how safely to shave their hooha? I mean some of us can't spend the money on waxing; our budgets won't allow that, so we shave as well. When I think about it though, it probably doesn't require as much precision as a man shaving his Tom and Harry. lol. Good Job!

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      muhammad jamshaid 

      3 years ago from sargodha

      what is this. funny

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      Elexis Steele 

      3 years ago

      Lol pretty of the first articles I saw when I typed in hubpages.

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      3 years ago

      I was shaving there 40 years ago Wife thought I was weird till I got here to do it She loves it and will never go back to the bush!

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      3 years ago

      Useful! It gets hairy down there!

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      3 years ago

      promotion up to 70%

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      4 years ago

      Just used the buzz cutter the ball skin was reeling away from the blades I realise why after got a nick then found and read this lol next time I'll try it out

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      4 years ago

      Good article. I've been shaving 'down there' for more than 10 years. Agree that going with grain gives less chance of irritation but now find that my skin is so used to shaving that I can go against the grain without a problem. Guys if you keep at it, things do get easier. a lot to reduce redness and bumps in the early days too.

      Now shave twice a week to keep everything totally smooth from penis to crack. Couldn't imagine being any other way now!

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      4 years ago

      Great post., learned a lot here.

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      4 years ago

      I've been shaving down and back there for years. My wife likes a trimed front patch, I like bare bottom and hole and nothing on the penis. I just bought a Shick Hydro 5, groomer? I use Shave Secret oil and aloe hand cleaner afterwords. Not one bump, and its the best feeling. I like to wear mens thong undies. Shave down there once a week good to go.

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      4 years ago

      Tried over weekend - wonderful feeling down there than


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      Summer LeBlanc 

      4 years ago from H-Town

      Is it wrong that I am getting aroused by the illustrations? LOL Great hub!

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      christian vaughn 

      4 years ago

      Lol i just shave ALL my pubic hair and ball hair every thing and its really iritating me any suggestions i all ready tried baby powder : (

      ...............helP meeeee.......

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      Sarah B 

      4 years ago from Klamath Falls

      Hi - great entertaining reading for the ladies :) thanks!

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      stephen kalu 

      4 years ago from Nigeria

      great teaching.nice one.

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      4 years ago from Japan

      Very delicate area, thanks for sharing. As a black man I always worry about the shaving bumps, can be extremely painful

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      Clean Cut 

      4 years ago

      I tried the waxing thing and was told that it would only be sore for the first couple of times, what a load of crap, it hurt like shit every time and even with using Ingrowing Out the ingrowing hairs were unbearable. Eventually I even had to use an anti fungal cream, so yes waxing didn't work for me.

      I tried the razor using shaving cream and that worked quite well albeit the odd nick and scratch here and there.

      I then tried my Philips electric razor and just found the lube of the shaving cream wasn't enough to give a clean shave. I experimented and found hair conditioner worked perfectly for me with the electric razor and I also sometimes use a good facial wash when shaving which works just as well as conditioner if not better. What I do is wash and then cover the entire area with either of the two (while standing in the shower) then pull the skin tight and go in circular motions till smooth, rinse of and apply a good after shave.

      Works for me!

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      Rick olds 

      4 years ago

      I prefere clean shaven pubic feels clean and appears bigger

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      4 years ago

      i was wondering if using all these products does it really work? I don't wana go out buying all this stuff and turns out that it doesn't or theres a better brand to buy?

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      4 years ago

      Um... these pictures are strange. Why would you have your foreskin retracted while shaving? Yikes!

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      4 years ago

      What to do we get cut while using trimmer for cuuting pubic area

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      4 years ago from Ukraine

      I first thought it was a joke :)

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      4 years ago

      I started shaving 15 years ago and I've never looked back (although I frequently look down to take care of business). It's a matter of personal preference: to me, it's cleaner, more comfortable, it feels great and women DO appreciate it. I used to be self-conscious about it, e.g., at the doctor's or in the locker room at the gym. But now I couldn't give a rat's patootie what anyone else thinks. The Schick razor is good, but the Gillette Fusion is the gold standard. The Brave Shave products mentioned in this article are pretty good for body shaving - better than any shaving gel. If you're "itching" to try this, I say go for it.

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      4 years ago

      Love this. I do this once a week and it actually does feel great. You sweat less (so less smells), and you have better sensation down there :)

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      Priyan DC 

      4 years ago from Bangalore

      Manscaping.. now that's a new word. lol

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      Lisa Vollrath 

      4 years ago from Euless, Texas

      Excellent illustrations!

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      4 years ago

      Helpful info for those of us going in for a vasectomy... got to have them shaved, and the 20-year old video they gave me to watch was not very helpful. . .

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      4 years ago

      Just spent an hour with a pair of nose trimmers doing just this then decided to finally do research, Im glad I did.

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      Peter pan 

      5 years ago

      Just shaved my balls and I feel like a new man

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      Liv Carradine 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I'm so immature sitting here giggling over the illustrations. This hub is very much needed for guys because manscaping is very much appreciated by women. Thanks for the Friday laughs.

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      Uppity Automaton 

      5 years ago from Washington, D.C

      I am disappointed for two reason. First, it took way too long to get to the 'illustrations'. Second, I thought the illustrations would incredibly accurate hand-drawn pencil sketches.

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      5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Very interesting and thorough hub.

      @CrisSp I think guys do need instructions to do this, because it really is not a common thing and I would assume most guys don't want to risk cutting up that area. Then again, I don't think a lot of guys think about doing this - but, maybe I just haven't met them. :)

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I never knew guys need instructions for doing this. :) Nevertheless, it's good for them to know.

      Geez, I don't know how I landed in this hub but it's a good, well illustrated and sensational hub! :)

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the detailed instruction man. I just shaved last week and my balls feel great! Now let's see what my girlfriend says next time we get intimate (:

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the great resource! I've started using the jojoba oil and it makes a real difference.

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      David B Katague 

      5 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

      Excellent and informative article. Shaving indeed makes your toy bigger and your partner ( he or she) will love it more.

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      5 years ago from Nation's Capitol

      Very informative and you have great bullet points.

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      Jacob J Morris 

      5 years ago from Atlanta

      Glad you liked!

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      Jacob J Morris 

      5 years ago from Atlanta

      It's was so bad, you couldn't look away :P

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      5 years ago

      that is a little gross but helpful

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      Lisa O 

      5 years ago from Portland/Los Angeles

      I'm not sure why I read this but it was great

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      5 years ago

      I love it smooth . But she likes it Hairy . That's on me or her

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      5 years ago

      Great article

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for such detail info. I was wondering if Schick shaving gel is ok to use beside the shaving cream you recommended?

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      5 years ago

      Are these products safe for women who want smooth genitals to use? I know the strategy would be different but I like a hairless feel and hate stuble. Waxing hurts. So can women use this too and get slower, softer grow back?

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      5 years ago

      These are good points. I like keeping my body clean shaven except for a small bikini line. For quick trim on legs and butt cheeks and chest, an electric razor is OK. But for smoother, non stubbly skin, a manual razor used in the shower or bath is necessary. I was very self conscious when I first tried bodyscaping but I'm getting more comfortable with it and I love the feel of smooth skin. My wife was a little puzzled when I started trying a little section at a time but has come to accept that I enjoy being clean shaven. She even does my back for me and occasionally my legs if we have a romantic bath together. It does take time though, so if you need 5 minute showers in your busy life, don't even think about it.

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      5 years ago


      Don't go shorter than a number 2 attachment or setting on a trimmer. You will itch like crazy if you do.

      What I tend to do is leave a 2" landing strip above the shaft where the upper bush normally grows, and shave the rest clean. I generally shave clean the taint and the area on either side where my legs meet the genitals. Also, I use a trimmer for the bum and then shave that clean too. Guys who are hairy back there: shaving your bum helps to keep it much cleaner back there. If you don't get a chance to shower before being with your lady, after being at the office all day, it can get quite funky back there. Shaving your bum clean too can help to reduce that nasty swamp ass smell, especially if you get into some moderately acrobatic positions.

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      5 years ago

      if you just want to trim a little and not shave or trim too much, what level of an electric trimmer (guard) should you use

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      5 years ago

      I couldn't agree more with Gonad.

      Keep 'em slick if you want a good lick!

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      5 years ago

      Great article. Agree with Marissa, shaving every couple of weeks is going to leave you with stubble. The feeling of freshly shaved balls is well worth the effort though (not to mention what my wife does when she reaches down to find them smooth)!

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      5 years ago

      You sir, are a legend for this. Thank you so much. I find the product links especially helpful.

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      5 years ago

      Shaving your balls is really worth the effort. Your girlfriend will do certain things that she wouldn't otherwise do, if you get my meaning :-)

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      Jacob J Morris 

      5 years ago from Atlanta

      I think it depends on what antiseptic--of you're using Tend Skin it's definitely going to burn. I've used The Cool Fix many times without issue. If you have sensitive skin it could burn. No pain, no gain!

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      Jacob J Morris 

      5 years ago from Atlanta

      All, thank you for the comments. I appreciate the interest! I just added some visual illustrations to the step-by-step instructions of this article. I'm still working to perfect them, but would love to hear any comments on them.

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      5 years ago

      I find it hard to believe an antiseptic on a newly exposed layer of skin on your already sensitive testicles would not burn like a mother fucker.

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      Modern Man 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Better to leave it unshaved.. less problems, aka itchiness??

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      John Hollywood 

      5 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      If you notice a little more traffic headed your way it is because Mister Hollywood gave you a boost on FB:)

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      5 years ago

      very interesting.shaving of the private parts is a compulsory health measure for all muslims.It is a basic health rule.

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      5 years ago

      I have to disagree with the appealing look side to it, makes it look wormish to me. like maybe something im supposed to be seeing in a starwars movie. lol but to each their own!

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful article!

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      5 years ago from Bristol

      This really is very comprehensive!

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      5 years ago

      The perfect read just before New Years, very well put together. One question that always puzzled me is at what point do you stop? Looks sort o strange when your family jewels and surrounding area are clean shaved and then you have this hairline just below your navel. Thanks again.

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      Kate Swanson 

      5 years ago from Sydney

      Oh, dear. Shave once a week? Going by how my legs feel after a few days, that's a recipe for discomfort - stubble rubbing on the inner thigh isn't a pleasant sensation. Not to mention how it would feel to anyone else...

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      5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      You got "balls" for writing this one. Pun intended. I appreciate your openness about the subject. More men should follow your advise.

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      5 years ago

      This can be a tedious process, but your hub was very comprehensive. Men have it so easy. Great tips! Voted up!

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha, what an article to write but it is good and thorough advice. I guess someone had to do it. Beth, you are a brave woman commenting here, but good on you.


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