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Publication numberUS3724466 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 3, 1973
Filing dateNov 10, 1971
Priority dateNov 10, 1971
Publication numberUS 3724466 A, US 3724466A, US-A-3724466, US3724466 A, US3724466A
InventorsL Hendricks
Original AssigneeL Hendricks
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sanitary napkin
US 3724466 A
Abstract
A sanitary napkin having adhesive peel-off strips at the ends of the napkin for securing the napkin to an undergarment of a wearer. The peel-off strips with a pile or soft plastic surface finish are scored or cut to permit peel-off tabs on the garment side of an absorbent cover for the napkin to be removed by peeling toward the longitudinal center of the napkin. Thus, the napkin, whether in the form of a mini-pad or a regular size pad, is a relatively inconspicuous device that can be attached relatively indiscernibly to the undergarment of the wearer.
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United States Patent 11 1 [111 3,724,466

Hendricks 14 1 Apr. 3, 1973 s41 SANITARY NAPKIN 3,595,237 7/1971 Sargent et al. ..12s/29o R [76] Inventor: Laurel A. Hendricks, PO. Box 943,

I Palo Alto, Calif. 94302 Filed:

Primary Examiner-Charles F. Rosenbaum Attorney-Jack M. Wiseman [22] Nov; 10, 1971 21 Appl. No.: 197,210 [57] ABSTRACT A sanitary napkin having adhesive peel-off strips at the ends of the napkin for securing the napkin to an [g2] 81. undergarmem of a wear. The peel off strips with a d w pile or soft plastic surface finish are scored or cut to 1 0 I permit peel-off tabs on the garment side of an absorbent cover for the napkin to be removed by peeling [56] Reerences cued toward the longitudinal center of the napkin. Thus, I UNITED STATES PATENTS the napkin, whether in the forn of a rnini-pad or a regular s1ze pad, is a relatively 1nconsp1cuous devlce 2,918,065 12/1959 Ll-lommedieu et al. 128/290 W that can be attached relatively indiscernibly to the un- 3,454,008 7/1969 HCI'ldl'lCkS ..128/290 R dergarment of the wea -en 3,508,549 4/1970 Hendricks ..l28/290R 3,575,175 4/1971 McGuire ..l28/290 R 12 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures i: 5a 5b 13 Zia. ZO i 1 SANITARY NAPKIN BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Adhesive tabs have been employed at the ends of sanitary napkins and panty shields as disclosed in the patents to Laurel A. Hendricks, U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,454,008, 3,463,154, and 3,508,549. Adhesive tabs have also been disposed along the center line of the napkin as disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,295,016, 2,838,048 and along opposite longitudinal sides as disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,315,677.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A sanitary napkin or the like in which peel-off adhesive strips are attached to the ends of the napkin to secure and seal the ends of the absorbent outer cover of the napkin. The peel-off strips are cut or scored at the garment side of the absorbent cover to permit peel-off of tabs. on the garment side of the absorbent cover to be removed by peeling toward the longitudinal center of the napkin for permitting the attachment of the sanitary napkin to the undergarment of the wearer.

By virtue of the present invention, the sanitary napkin, mini-pad or the like provides a relatively inconspicuous device that can be attached relatively indiscemibly to the undergarment. The napkin is secured to the undergarment of the wearer so that the napkin is comfortable to the wearer and does not damage the undergarment. The sanitary napkin of the present invention I is economical to manufacture, and i can be produced and packaged with facility and ease of operation. The adhesive strips have either a softcotton nap or plastic surface soas to reduce irritation to the skin of the wearer of the sanitary napkin.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a top view of the sanitary napkin embodying the present invention illustrating the garment contact portion of the sanitary napkin.

FIG. 2 is a bottom view of the sanitary napkin shown in FIG. 1 illustrating the body contact portion of the sanitary napkin.

FIG. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary exploded view of the sanitary napkin shown in FIGS. 1-3.

FIG. 5 is a side elevation view of the sanitary napkin shown in FIGS. 1-4.

FIG. 6 is an end elevation view of the sanitary napkin shown in FIGS. 1-5.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Illustrated in FIGS. 1-6 is the sanitary napkin 10 of the present invention which is caused to adhere to an inner surface of a panty or other suitable undergarment and is adapted to contact the body of a woman surrounding the vaginal area to absorb the discharge of the menses during menstrual period. While reference is made to a sanitary napkin, the inventive concept is equally applicable to mini-pads, panty shields and the like. In this regard, the device disclosed herein may also be employed at the beginning and at the end of the menstrual period and during periods of vaginal discharge.

crepe-like or absorbent paper (FIGS. 3 and 4). Jux- The sanitary napkin 10 comprises a pad 11 of highly absorbentmaterial, such as cotton gauze and tissue or a fluffy cotton filling. As shown in .FIGS. 3 and 4, the sanitary napkin 10 is of a laminate construction and comprises a soft, highly absorbent cover 13, which preferably is made of rayon-cotton, light weight, nonwoven material. The cover 13 completely envelopes the sanitary napkin 10 in a wraparound manner and terminates in an overlapping longitudinal edge 13a at the garment contact side G (FIG. 1) of the sanitary napkin 10. The body contact side B (FIG. 2) of the cover 13 is smooth. In addition, the cover 13 extends outwardly at each end so that the free or terminal ends (FIG. 1) of the cover 13 are transversely disposed. In addition thereto, the free ends preferably have inverted side pleats as shown in FIGS. 5 and 6, or can be straight across especially in the minipad size. The cover 13 may also be of a relatively thin, absorbing, flexible material, such as cotton gauze. The absorbent gauze is sufficiently soft so as to be comfortable to the wearer and not irritate the skin. Yet, it is sufficiently strong so as not to wear away with contact.

Interposed between the body contact side B of the cover 13 and the pad 11 is a layer 14 of lightweight taposed between the garment contact side G of the cover 13 and the pad 11 are layers 15a, and 15b of moisture barrier material, such as vinyl, polyethylene or combinations thereof (FIGS. 3 and 4). The layer may be of suitable absorbent material, such as tissue or cotton, which serves as a filler material for the laminatedconstruction. The tissue filler material is very durable and yet highly absorbent. The layers of moisture barrier are liquid-repellent or moisture proof sheets which retain the liquid or menses discharged within the sanitary napkin 10 and prevent the same from soiling the undergarment of the wearer of the sanitary napkin 10. The moisture barrier layer and the filler tissue layer extend the full length of the sanitary napkin 10 and terminate at the extremities thereof contiguous with the terminal end flabs (FIG. 1) of the cover 13.

According to the present invention, pressure sensitive, adhesive strip 20 preferably has a soft cotton nap ora soft plastic surface to reduce irritation to the body of the wearer. The strip 20 begins on the body contact side B of the cover 13 and continues around the free end of the cover 13 and extends therebeyond to terminate on' the garment side of G of the cover 13. In a like manner, a soft, cotton or soft plastic surfaced adhesive strip 21 is secured on the body contact side B of the cover 13 and extends therebeyond to cover the face of the cover 13 to terminate on the garment side G of the cover 13. Thus, the free or terminal ends as well as the overlapping edge 13a of the cover 13 are secured and sealed. Each adhesive strip 20 and 21 is preferably shorter on the body contact side than on the garment contact side.

The strips 20 and 21 are covered with peel-oftsections or tabs 20a and 21a, respectively, so that initially the adhesive material is not exposed. The peel-ofi sections 20a and 20b begin at a scoring or cut lines 22 and 23, respectively, and extend in the direction of the arrows 25 and 26,-respectively, (FIG. 1). It is to be observed that the peel-off sections 20a and 20bare on the garment contact side G of the sanitary napkin 10. The

scoring or cut lines are located at or below the portion of the napkin where the filling ends and the free ends are aligned.

To use the sanitary napkin 10, the peel-off sections or tabs 20a and 21a are removed by peeling toward the longitudinal center of the sanitary napkin in the direction of the arrows 25 and 26, respectively. After the peel-off taps 20a and 21a are removed, the napkin 10 is placed in the appropriate position and the fingers of the wearer cause the exposed adhesive of the strips 20 and 21 to contact the undergarment of the wearer, whereby the sanitary napkin 10 is secured to the undergarment of the wearer. More specifically, the nonadhesive tabs or backing 20a and 21a are removed to expose the adhesive on the strips 20 and 21. Thereupon, the adhesive on the strips 20 and 21 are caused to adhere to the inner surface of the panty or other suitable undergarment so as to enable the body side B of the cover 13 to contact the body of the woman wearing the panty to surround the vaginal area of the user thereof and the garment contact side G of the cover 13 to be attached to the undergarment of the wearer.

While free ends are shown for the cover 13, it is apparent that overlapping ends may be formed and securedby the adhesive strips.

I claim:

1. A sanitary napkin or the like comprising:

a. a pad;

b. a cover enveloping said pad, said cover being formed with a garment contact surface and a body contact surface, the ends of said cover extend freely; and

c. an adhesive strip at each end of said cover on the garment contact surface thereof, each of said adhesive strips having a peel-off tab for exposing adhesive material when said peel-off tabs are removed for attaching the garment contact surface of said cover to a garment through said adhesive strips, said adhesive strips begin from the body contact surface of said cover and continue over the respective free ends of said cover and terminate on the garment contact surface of said cover.

2. A sanitary napkin or the like as claimed in claim 1 wherein said peel-off tabs are removed in a direction toward the longitudinal center of the sanitary napkin.

3. A sanitary napkin as claimed in claim 2 wherein the free edges of the ends of said cover are disposed transversely across the garment contact surface of said cover and said peel-off tabs disposed over said free ends and are directed toward the longitudinal center of said sanitary napkin, said adhesive strips secure and seal said free ends.

4. A sanitary napkin or the like as claimed in claim 2 wherein one or more layers of moisture barrier material is disposed between said pad and said garment contact surface of said cover.

S. A sanitary napkin or the like as claimed in claim 4 wherein one or more layers of absorbent filler material is disposed between said pad and said body contact surface of said cover.

6. A sanitary napkin or the like as claimed in claim 5 wherein said cover is of gauze material.

7. A sanitary napkin or the like as claimed in claim 6 wherein said layer of absorbent filler is an absorbent paper.

8. A sanitary napkin or the like as claimed in claim 7 wherein said moisture barrier layer includes vinyl material. I

9. A sanitary napkin or the like as claimed in claim 7 wherein said moisture barrier layer includes polyethylene material.

10. A sanitary napkin as claimed in'claim '1 wherein said adhesive strip is made of a material of smooth finish so as to reduce irritation to the skin of the wearer.

11. A sanitary napkin as claimed in claim 1 wherein said free ends include inverted side pleats.

12. A sanitary napkin as claimed in claim 3 wherein said free ends include inverted side pleats.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification604/370, 604/375, 604/387, 604/372
International ClassificationA61F13/15, A61F13/56
Cooperative ClassificationA61F13/5611, A61F2013/53445, A61F2013/583, A61F2013/586, A61F2013/51409, A61F13/58, A61F13/534, A61F2013/4708
European ClassificationA61F13/56B2