The UK ranked much lower than other Western countries – including the US, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany – due to poor efforts at prevention, diagnosis and treatment of health problems.
It placed 30th out of 122 countries in the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index published on Tuesday, scoring just 60 out of 100 – three points lower than last year.
The score was on par with Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Kosovo and Poland, with the global average being even lower at just 53 out of 100.
It previously ranked better than countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, the US, France and New Zealand.
Taiwan was top this year, scoring 70, and Afghanistan bottom with 22.
The index is based on a survey of more than 127,000 people worldwide.