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Improved Feminine Care Articles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132508D
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-19
Document File: 4 page(s) / 83K

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Abstract

It is known that women desire discreteness when having to take pads to a public restrooms to change. The more hidden in the hand the more preferred. Most pouched pads are proportionally much larger than the standard women’s hand making the task of hiding the pad impossible. Additional, It is also known that closer the pad is to the labia majora/minora the less chance leakage can occur. This invention details a method of folding a pad so convex up shaping occurs along with obtaining an ideal pouch size.

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Improved Feminine Care Articles

Teresa Zander and Tom Keenan Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Neenah, Wisconsin

SUMMARY

It is known that women desire discreteness when having to take pads to a public restrooms to change. The more hidden in the hand the more preferred. Most pouched pads are proportionally much larger than the standard women's hand making the task of hiding the pad impossible. Additional, It is also known that closer the pad is to the labia majora/minora the less chance leakage can occur. This invention details a method of folding a pad so convex up shaping occurs along with obtaining an ideal pouch size.

DETAIL

The specific goal of this idea is to provide an individually wrapped feminine napkin that is no more than 1/2 the planar area of a typical tri-folded individually wrapped feminine napkin to allow it to fit more discretely into a woman's hand. An additional goal is to fold the article in such a manner that predisposes the center of the product to fit closely to the woman's body to reduce the chance for leakage. These goals are best achieved by first folding the feminine napkin along its longitudinal centerline with the body side of the product facing out. Subsequently the product is trifolded in the typical manner and individually wrapped to produce the desired more discrete size. It is twice as thick but half the area and as a result is easier to conceal in the pal of one's hand.

Folding the product along its longitudinal center line with the body side facing out predisposes the product to fit more intimately against the wearer's body than other possible configurations. Folding the product along its longitudinal center line with the body side facing in would predispose the product to pull away from the body when worn. This would cause the fluids to first contact the product off the center of the product....