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How to Shave Your Genitals for Men (Illustrated)

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Why should you shave your genitals?

If you've never shaved your love tackle before, 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. The good news is it's a lot of easier than you think, and the risk of cutting yourself is very little if you just follow the rules.

This is the most definitive and comprehensive 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 not-so-good stuff:

  • 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 Methods 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 which you choose, this tutorial is going to cover both methods.

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...

...to 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
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Schick Quattro Titanium Razor
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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
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Wahl Micro Groomsman Personal Trimmer
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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
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Philips Norelco Body Groom Pro

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
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Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil

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
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The Art of Shaving Unscented Shaving Cream

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

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The Cool Fix
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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
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Balla Powder
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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 bath water.
  • 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

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Disinfect Your Razor Blade

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

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Trim First

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

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Apply Pre-Shave Oil

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

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Apply Shaving Cream

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

Step 5 - Begin Shaving

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Begin Shaving

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

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Apply Antiseptic

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

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Apply Body Powder

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.

Re-Shaving

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?

  • Love the way it feels
  • Eliminate pubic odor
  • More arousing and intimate
  • My partner likes it
  • All of the above
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 Last updated on August 19, 2014

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Comments 48 comments

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KenDeanAgudo 9 months ago from Globe Level 3 Commenter

(laugh out loud) I find this hub hilarious but it is full of information. I wonder if this will not violate google adsense rule. But nice hub buddy!


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Hezekiah 9 months ago from Japan Level 3 Commenter

Makes your tool look bigger like in the AV movies, true!


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neilcook 9 months ago from United States

And I thought that I'd seen it all on HubPages... LOL.


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misterhollywood 9 months ago from Hollywood, CA Level 3 Commenter

Very cool article and one that a lot of people would never think of. Very cool.

- Mister Hollywood


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pratoocool 9 months ago

Cool dude. Nice article i love reading about. You have so much good information out here and the products that are just superb.


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bethperry 9 months ago from Tennesee Level 5 Commenter

Well, I only knew one guy that ever attempted this and he had me to help him..and I must say he regretted soon afterward. But at the time it was FUN for both of us! Thanks for sharing the helpful hints!


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Level 8 Commenter

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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JacobGordon 9 months 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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A-Bomb 9 months 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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Marisa Wright 9 months ago from Sydney Level 2 Commenter

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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nikashi_designs 9 months ago from Greenwich, CT

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 hair line just below your navel. Thanks again.


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BristolBoy 8 months ago from Bristol Level 1 Commenter

This really is very comprehensive!


James 8 months ago

Wonderful article!


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lilcupcake 8 months ago Level 1 Commenter

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!


abdulhaqq.trinidad. 8 months 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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misterhollywood 8 months ago from Hollywood, CA Level 3 Commenter

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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modern-man-tools 8 months ago from Toronto, Ontario

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


Dewbert 8 months 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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Jacob J Morris 8 months ago from Atlanta Hub Author

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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Jacob J Morris 8 months ago from Atlanta Hub Author

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!


Gonad 7 months 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 :-)


Trey 7 months ago

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


Nick 7 months 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)!


Denny 7 months ago

I couldn't agree more with Gonad.

Keep 'em slick if you want a good lick!


matt 7 months 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


Dave 7 months ago

Matt,

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.


DeeAaa 6 months 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.


Fitch 5 months ago

Thank u


dolittle 3 months 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?


unsung 3 months ago

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


Paul 3 months ago

Great article


Bryant 2 months ago

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


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Majestic Flamingo 6 weeks ago from Portland/Los Angeles

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


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shekainah45 6 weeks ago

that is a little gross but helpful


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Jacob J Morris 6 weeks ago from Atlanta Hub Author

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


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Jacob J Morris 6 weeks ago from Atlanta Hub Author

Glad you liked!


Tyrone 5 weeks ago

very helpful


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Shaneka68 4 weeks ago from Nation's Capitol

Very informative and you have great bullet points.


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chateaudumer 3 weeks ago from Northern California and the Philippines Level 1 Commenter

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


none 3 weeks ago

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


duke 3 weeks 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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CrisSp 3 weeks ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure Level 6 Commenter

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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Relationshipc 3 weeks 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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Uppity Automaton 2 weeks 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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Motherbynature 12 days 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.


Peter pan 9 days ago

Just shaved my balls and I feel like a new man


John 3 days ago

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


portlandcommuter 4 hours 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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