What is Gyno-Daktarin Cream?
Gyno-Daktarin is a cream that both clears and treats the symptoms of vaginal thrush. It can be used internally or externally, by inserting the cream into your vagina or by applying it directly to any areas of skin that are affected.
Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus candida albicans, which is found naturally in your body. Also known as a yeast infection, the condition is often mistaken for an STI (sexually transmitted infection), and although sex can be a trigger for a fungal infection developing, it isn’t classed as such. It’s uncommon for thrush to spread person-to-person, but it can sometimes happen. A clinician can advise you about getting help for your partner if you think they also have a fungal infection.
Once you’ve developed vaginal thrush, it’s common to experience symptoms like itching and burning, and fissure-like cuts might appear on your vagina. A change in smell, an unusual, thick discharge and pain when urinating are all signs that you’ve developed a fungal infection.
How does Gyno-Daktarin Cream work?
Miconazole nitrate, the active ingredient in Gyno-Daktarin, is an antifungal that is used to treat a range of infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Like vaginal thrush, these infections are all caused by fungi.
Fungi are microorganisms that are found in most habitats, but usually grow on land. There are three main groups of fungi: multicellular filamentous moulds (or just ‘mould’ to you and me), macroscopic filamentous fungi (you know them as mushrooms, but there’s a little more to the organism than just the mushroom bit) and then there’s single celled microscopic yeasts.
Yeast is the fungus responsible for vaginal thrush, and is known as an opportunistic pathogen because it only becomes harmful to you in certain conditions. Most yeast and fungi thrive in warm, acidic, sugary and oxygen-rich environments.
Candida albicans is a species of yeast that lives naturally in your gastrointestinal tract. When your immune system is low, an overgrowth of candida can occur which upsets your body’s balance of yeast and bacteria, resulting in a fungal infection.
Gyno-Daktarin works by destroying the fungi that causes vaginal thrush. Treatment is usually recommended for 7 days.
What doses of Gyno-Daktarin Cream are there?
Gyno-Daktarin cream comes in a 78mg tube. The tube contains 20mg/g of miconazole nitrate.
The cream can treat vaginal thrush in two ways.
To target the cause of your thrush and clear the infection completely, insert Gyno-Daktarin into your vagina daily, before bed, over the course of 7 days.
To treat external vaginal thrush symptoms, apply a thin, even layer of the cream to the affected area twice a day. A clinician can give you advice about how long to use the cream for, and what to do if your infection hasn’t cleared up after a week.
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead
on April 05, 2023. Next review due on April 05, 2025.