Marnie Goodfriend at She Knows interviews Mark P. Trolice, M.D., for his insights on health issues endometriosis is often misdiagnosed as instead.

“Endometriosis is considered ‘the great masquerader’ because it mimics so many other disease processes. The delay (in diagnosis) is especially seen in adolescents who may not stress their pain, since they are new to menstruation, and gynecologists may be hesitant to recommend surgery at such a young age to potentially diagnose,” says Dr. Trolice.