To shave or not to shave one's itchy penis: a question that frequently arises as a man wonders whether all that hair may be contributing to the itchiness of the tool. It's a question that is open to debate, with some men believing the hair is a contributing factor and others believing that shaving actually promotes the need to scratch, at least short term. Of course, many opt for manscaping of the tool for more aesthetic reasons. And some choose to receive a deep trim as part of a bonding experience with the partner. Letting one's mate give the package a nice, close shave can be both erotic and intimate, but good penis care involves taking a few steps to ensure the experience is safe.

Practice makes perfect.

Before letting anyone run a razor around one's penis and balls, it's a good idea for the person to get familiar with the landscape. (It's also fun.) Invite your partner to start off by gently cupping the testicles and by rubbing her hands all around the area in question. Sure, she's done this before, but it doesn't hurt for her to reacquaint herself with the package while considering how she will proceed with a razor in her hands.

After she has explored with her hands, she should then run over the area again while holding an object in her hand - perhaps a plastic spoon or a pen wrapped in tissue paper. This will give her some idea of how she will need to handle the razor. The man should be prepared to offer guidance: "That's a little rough," or "I'm especially sensitive/ticklish right there." (One of the side benefits of this experience is that a partner may find out things about the man's equipment that can later aid them in their sexual escapades.)

Talk about the trim.

The man and his partner should decide on the extent of trimming in advance. Is this a full, down-to-the-skin shave, or just a trim? If the latter, what length is the goal? Is the organ to be trimmed but are the balls to be shaved smooth? Figure it all out beforehand.

Some men who are after a totally bare look may prefer to do an initial trim of the pubic hair themselves and then let the partner complete the job with the razor; others are happy to hand the whole affair over to the partner. Deciding this in advance is a good idea; however, it's important that the man know that he can change his mind during the process if he becomes nervous or uncomfortable.


It's essential that the skin be kept well-moisturized before, during and after the shaving treatment. Take a hot bath before shaving, and use a shaving gel that is intended for sensitive skin during the actual shave. Afterward, using a penis health cream aids the moisturizing activity.

Use the proper razor.

Some men use an electric razor after trimming the crotch hair with scissors; some use a traditional razor. Either is fine, but if shaving the scrotum, a traditional razor is usually best in order to minimize the risk of damage to the skin. The man should consult with his partner to determine her comfort level with any instruments to be used.

Be prepared for excitement.

Being shaved can be intensely erotic and many men find themselves sporting boners early on. The partner should be prepared for this. If the tumescence makes shaving difficult, encouraging the partner to bring about an ejaculation is an enjoyable way to solve the problem.

Take care after shaving.

A man is likely to have an itchy penis (and a sensitive one) immediately after shaving. He should have on hand a good supply of a first-class penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) so that his partner can rub it into the groomed member. The cream should include both a high-end emollient, such as Shea butter, and a natural hydrator, such as vitamin E, to help moisturize. In addition, one should use a cream with vitamin A in it, as this vitamin’s anti-bacterial properties are important for freshly-shaved skin.