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Publication numberUS3608551 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 28, 1971
Filing dateOct 11, 1968
Priority dateOct 11, 1968
Publication numberUS 3608551 A, US 3608551A, US-A-3608551, US3608551 A, US3608551A
InventorsSaburo Seijo
Original AssigneeSaburo Seijo
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Menstrual receiver
US 3608551 A
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United States Patent 1,664,298 3/1928 Katz Inventor Saburo Seljo 95, Okarucho, Kashlwara Nara Prefecture, Japan Appl. No. 766,769 Filed Oct. 11, 1968 Patented Sept. 28, 1971 MENSTRUAL RECEIVER 3 Claims, 5 Drawing Figs. US. Cl. 128/288 Int. Cl. A61! 13/16 Field of Search... ..l 28/288-291 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,052,598 9/1936 Berg 128/288 2,246,714 6/1941 Blair 128/288 UX 2,596,127 5/1952 Carmean. 128/288 2,859,752 1 1/1958 Haber 128/288 3,232,293 2/1966 DeWoskin 128/288 Primary Examiner-Charles F. Rosenbaum Attorney-Hall & Houghton ABSTRACT: Menstrual short panties provided with an elastic piece fixed either directly or by the intermediary of a network to the middle piece of panties at both sides in an elongated condition, with which a napkin is kept raised by the elasticity of elastic piece to be sufficiently close to the private parts of human female body irrespective of her physical movements in daily life to prevent leakage of blood.

MENSTRUAL RECEIVER The present invention relates to a menstrual receiver, and more particularly to an improvement of short panties for women to hold a napkin in suitable and comfortable way to receive the menstrual bleeding.

Panties for menstrual reception are primarily required to keep a napkin so close to the private parts of human female body irrespective of her physical movements in daily life as to prevent leakage of menstrual blood without excessive discomfort in wearing such panties.

Conventional short panties for menstrual reception are however still considerably far from fulfillment of the abovementioned requirements. Short panties of this kind usually comprise a pair of drawing parts for both legs of a human body and a middle piece intermediate the drawing parts. Thus both side portions of the middle piece are fitted tightly to the insides of thighs, and the central portions of it is suspended intact from the thighs leaving a relatively large hollow space between the middle piece of panties and the thighs of human body; should the middle piece be fitted close to the insides of dle piece and the thighs without any particular support means except the weak unstable compression of middle piece and thighs, the napkin will either float flat in the hollow space or sink down to the lowered central portion of middle piece, failing in fitting sufficiently close tovthe necessary parts of thighs but leaving a substantially large hollow space between the thighs and the napkin itself. Accordingly, conventional short panties are quite liable to slipping the napkin out of its required position and thus leaking menstrual blood.

Some conventional panties are provided with a network line totally fixed over the middle piece to prevent the napkin from slipping, but found unsatisfactory; the napkin moves toward the hinder part of thighs where the hollow space is comparatively large, as the wearer moves for instance in walking. Once the napkin is moved, the lined network not only fails to, prevent blood leakage but also increases discomfortable feeling excessively.

A major object of the invention is to provide short panties for women to keep a napkin sufficiently close to the private parts of human female body without employing any particular fixing means.

Another object of the invention is to provide short panties for women to keep napkin sufficiently close to the private parts of human female body without causing substantial discomfort in wearing the same.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will be more fully understood from the following description of a preferred form of the invention shown by way ,of example in the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of short panties embodying the invention;

FIG. 2 is a plan view of the middle piece intermediate both drawing parts of short panties shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a part-cut vertical elevation of the short panties in FIG. I put on a human female body;

FIG. 4 is a part-cut cross section of the short panties in FIG. 1 put on a human female body; and

FIG. 5 is a part-cut cross section of short panties of conventional type put on a human female body.

As shown in FIG. I, the panties of the illustrative embodiment comprise a body, i.e. waist or hip, embracing portion A, a front portion B and a rear portion C depending from the portion A, side portions D at each side of the panties interconnecting the front and rear portions B and C, and a middle or crotch portion E connecting the front and rear portions B and C as at F and G, the panty being provided at its sides with drawing parts II and I to receive and snugly embrace the legs of the user, such parts II and I being bounded by the parts B, C, D and E as shown, and being located substantially entirely above said crotch portion E, and the proportions being such that when properly fitted to the user the middle portion E depends loosely between the front and back portions B and C and between the adjacent edges of the drawings portions H and I, in spaced relation to the body of the user, as indicated in FIGS. 3 and 4.

As is well shown in the drawings, the panties further comprise an elastic tape K, said tape K being essentially narrow compared to the width of a napkin N and being shorter than the crotch portion E and relatively narrow compared to the width of said crotch portion E and extending inside the panties from front to rear thereof in spaced relation above the portion E, in position to support the central part of a napkin N saddled thereon, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, in snug engagement with the body of the user notwithstanding that the crotch portion E is loosely depending therebelow, and having its side edges cushioned and maintained out of contact with the body of the user by the laterally overhanging portions of the napkin N saddled thereon, as is best shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. And in addition the panties may be, and preferably are, provided with a network portion or portions L bridging from the tape K to the lateral parts of the crotch portion E proximate to the drawing portions H and I, the tape K preferably being fixed to, or formed integral with, the network in the center thereof so that the tape K supports the center of the network L as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, and the network L keeps the tape K centered above the middle of the crotch portion E, and supports the lateral portions of the napkin N straddled across said tape, to maintain them in close contact with the body as shown inFIG. 4.

As clearly shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, the depending crotch portion of the panties E preferably comprises two plies of suitable material, and as shown in FIG. 3, the outer ply may be integral with the front and back portions B and C, and the inner ply may be sewed thereto at the regions F and G, at which the front and rear ends of the elastic tape K and network L are secured, preferably by the same stitching F and G, for economy and comfort.

The short panties of the invention is worn with a napkin (N) put on the network (L) and elastic piece (K). The network (L) and elastic tape (K) are raised from the middle piece by the sufficient elasticity of tape (K), thereby fitting the napkin (N) sufficiently close to the necessary parts of human body without leaving at M any substantial hollow space above the napkin as shown in FIGS. 3 and 4, and therefore absorbing menstrual blood immediately and completely. Since it is fitted to the necessary parts of human body by the sufficient elasticity of tape (K), the napkin (N)'is not likely to slip itself out of the initial suitable position irrespective of the wearer's physical movements in daily life, therefore preventing leakage of menstrual blood incombination with the above-mentioned immediate and complete absorption effect. Since the central portion of middle piece (E) is not raised to be fitted close to the insides of thighs but suspended down, there is no fear of getting the thighs sore attributed to the friction for instance in walking. Since there is a relatively large middle piece (E), a sufficient ventilating effect is assured for better feeling in wearing the panties. The close contact of napkin (N) to the insides of thighs all over the upper surface of the former by the coaction of tape (K) and network (L) increases better feeling in wearing the panties.

This close contact is especially well effected in the preferred embodiment wherein, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the strands of the network L are arranged on the bias with reference to the length of the tape K rather than on the square therewith, and this also arranges the strands of the network L on the bias throughout its area and where it is attached to the drawing portions H, and (I), as shown. Thus in the illustrated preferred embodiment, as the tape K and/or the drawing portions H are stretched, either together or independently, the bias network L can stretch or contract overall or locally in a corresponding manner without danger of either straining or breaking the network strands or forming folds in the strands which could become entangled with the napkin or chafe or irritate the user. Thus in this preferred embodiment set forth to comply with the statutory requirement that the specification set forth the best mode known to applicant of practicing his invention, the bias arrangement of the network L enables the entire body engaging portion of the assembly, i.e. the napkin N, tape K, network L and drawing portions H, to independently adjust to conform to the unique proportions of a given wearer with the best fit and maximum comfort possible.

The conventional short panties shown by way of comparison in FIG. 5 are not provided with such a network and elastic tape as the present invention, thus leaving a large ho]- low space (M') between the napkin and the thighs, and therefore have those disadvantages which are already pointed out and overcome by the present invention.

It will thus be seen that the short panties in accordance with the invention keeps a napkin so close to the private parts of human female body irrespective of her physical movements in daily life as to prevent leakage of menstrual blood without much discomfort in wearing.

What I claim:

1. Short panties for women to hold a napkin (N) to receive menstrual flow, said panties comprising:

a. a body embracing portion (A),

b. front and rear portions (B) and (C) depending from said body embracing portion (A), c. side portions (D) at each side of the panties interconnecting the front and rear portions (B) and (C),

d. a crotch portion (E) connecting the front and rear portions (B and C), and

e. drawing portions (H and 1) formed to snugly embrace the legs of the user, said drawing portions (H and I) being bounded by said front, back, crotch and side portions (B)(C)(D) and (E), and being located substantially entirely above said crotch portion (E), said panties being proportioned so that said crotch portion (E) depends loosely between the back and front portions (B and C) and between the adjacent edges of the drawing portions (H and I) when fitted to the user,

g. said panties further comprising an elastic tape (K), said tape (K) being essentially narrow compared to the width of a napkin (N) and relatively narrow compared to the width of said crotch portion (E) and being shorter than the crotch portion (E) and extending inside the panties from the front to rear of the panties in spaced relation above the center of the crotch portion (E), in position to support the central part of a napkin (N) saddled thereon in snug engagement with the body of the user notwithstanding that the crotch portion (E) is loosely depending therebelow, said tape being secured to the lower parts of said front and rear portions (B and C) in the region of juncture thereof with said crotch portion (E) and having its Side edges cushioned and maintained out of contact with the body of the user by the laterally overhanging portions of the napkin (N) saddled thereon,

h. said panties further comprising a ventilating network (L) bridging from the tape (K) to the lateral parts of the crotch portion (E) proximate to the drawing portions (H) and (I), said tape (K) being secured to the center portion of said ventilating network (L) whereby in use of the panties the network (L) maintains the tape (K) centered above the crotch portion (E) and the network (L) is centrally raised by the tape (K) assuring centered support for a napkin (N) saddled on said relatively narrow tape (K) and uniform support against the body of the user of the lateral portions of the so supported napkin (N).

2. The invention claimed in claim 1, said network having its strands arranged on the bias with respect to the length of the tape (K) and accommodating independent stretching of said tape (K) and of the drawing portions (H) and (l).

3. The invention claimed in claim 2, said network (L) being integral with said tape (K).

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Classifications
U.S. Classification604/396, 604/397
International ClassificationA61F13/15
Cooperative ClassificationA61F13/72, A61F13/74
European ClassificationA61F13/72, A61F13/74