Welcome to Urology Group of New Mexico - Vasectomy and Urology Experts
The Urology Group of New Mexico is dedicated to serving the urological needs of adults and children in the Albuquerque, NM, area. Our urologist, Dr. Frederick Snoy, is committed to providing quality urological care in a patient-friendly setting. Dr. Snoy has performed over 2,000 vasectomies making UGNM a premier vasectomy clinic. We offer vasectomy services using the modern “no scalpel” technique.
Experience has taught our practice to treat each patient as a partner in his or her medical care. Because some urological conditions are accompanied by discomfort or embarrassment, we emphasize sensitivity and discretion with all patients concerns.
Dr. Snoy is pleased to offer a variety of payment options including cash, credit card, cashier’s check and several flexible financing choices (including interest free) through CareCredit. Click the Care Credit logo to learn more or to apply.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex. In males, testosterone is responsible for growth and maturation of the prostate and the sex drive and sexual function.
What does testosterone do?
In women, testosterone may be linked to sex drive, but on a much smaller level than men. According to David. P. Choen, MD, some birth control pills contain a very small dose of a testosterone derivative. Low testosterone is not much of a concern for women, as it is men. Testosterone influences muscle mass, strength, fat distribution, mood and energy level.
How is testosterone measured?
There are two kinds of testosterone:
1) the kind that travels through the bloodstream connected or “bound” to proteins
2) the remaining testosterone, which is not “bound” to any other substance, but rather considered “free.”
Total testosterone measures the two; bound and free, together.
What is low testosterone?
Low testosterone, aka hypodgonadism, is a condition where the body does not produce enough testosterone. Some males are born with low testosterone, while others develop it from injury or infection. The severity of the condition depends on when low testosterone occurs. Some types of low testosterone can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy.
Symptoms of low testosterone?
- Decreased sex drive
- Tiredness and decreased energy
- Increased body fat
- Reduced muscle mass
- Decreased Height
Testosterone Therapy Studies
HealthDay News released a study showing testosterone therapy might increase the risk of heart attack. The study found the increased risk was found in men younger than 65 with a history of heart disease. In the months following the study, the risk of heart disease doubled after the men began testosterone therapy, according to William Finkle, CEO of Consolidated Research, in Los Angeles.
Most methods of testosterone therapy is usually given in injection or patch form. Testosterone therapy is widely advertised as a way to help men improve sex drive and regain sexual desire. Finkle said the new study is believed to be the first to examine men under the age of 65. The study team comprised experts in Consolidated Research, the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles. The team examined medical records of 56,000 men prescribed testosterone therapy—which included more than 48,000 who were under age 65. In the 90 days following the trial, the experts indicated the risk declined to the level it was at the study’s start for men who did not refill their initial prescription. The study did not find a cause-and-effect relationship between testosterone therapy and increased risk of heart attack, although there is an association. Finkle believes it could be tied to the effect of testosterone in blood.
In response to this studies findings, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it now plans a review of the testosterone therapies’ safety. In a statement released earlier this year, the FDA is investigating the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death in men taking FDA-approved testosterone products. As of now, the FDA has not conluded that the FDA-approved testosterone treatement increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death.
Urologists like Dr. Fredrick J. Snoy can provide treatment recommendations if you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone. Please contact our office for an appointment if you would like to discuss with Dr. Snoy, (505) 872-4091.