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(ll) Patent Number: KE 414
   
(51) lnt.CI.B:    A 61F 13/501   

(73) Owner: BOSKY INDUSTRIES LIMilED of P.O. BOX 75687•00200,NAIROBI., Kenya   
           
(21) Applic::ation Number:KE/PI 2007/000616           

(72) Inventor:    ROHITPAlEL of P.O. BOX75687-00200, NAIROBI, Kenya.
           
(ll) Filing Date: 16/0712007           

(74) Agent/address for c::orrespondence:   

(57)    Abstrad:
The present invention relates to rell'lable sanitary pad, its method of preparation and use thereof. This invention relates to a sanitary product (1) for use by women for the absorption of menstrual fluid and such like. The pad is made of cotton material manufactured in a honeycomb soft pattern with main sanitary pad cover. The pad is made of 100% cotton by drafting and drawing according to varioll'l sizes ranging from 2"x8" width and 4"x60" length. The pad is produced by stitching and over-locking, seaming or hemming to produce and oval soft cotton pad. To produce a pouch or cover, the above process is repeated and an impermeable or leak proof material is stitched in one to four absorbent towel layer wherein the inside is of the pouch has a water proof lining on the lower part ofthe cover with an opening sheath (4).

The pouch is hemmed and stitched around. The product (1) comprises a pair of stitched loops on the sides of the pad (1). The loop (2) is substantially cylindrical so that it fits comfortably on the sides of the pad pouch before stitching over-locking and hemming measuring 2"x24". The pad (I) remains outside the viginal cavity, but has an absorbent layer or layers on an inww-d side (5) proximal to the loop (2) and a string (3) measuring 1/8" x 2" width and 20" x 120" tied to the loop on an outward side

(5). In use, a wearer can insert a ftnger into the sheath (4) from the outward side of the pad (I) assist with the string(3) to tie around the waist. When the product (1) is in place and the wearer's hand or finger has been removed, the pad (1) has sufficiently small diameter to avoid exerting any significant pressure on the viginal orifice and vulva area. A string (3) is provided that extends iruide the loop (2) from the outward end of the pad (1) to aid removal of the pad after use.
 

TITLE: REUSABLE SANITARY PAD

Field of Invention

The  present  invention  relates  to  reusable  sanitary  pad,  its  method  of preparation  and  use

thereof. The invention relates to a sanitary product with up to four layers for use by women for

the absorption of menstrual fluid and such like. The pad is made of cotton material manufactured in a honey comb soft pattern with main sanitary pad cover which is tied on the waist during use. The present invention is related to disposable absorbent articles and more
particularly to sanitary personal-care articles for women.


BACKGROUND TO THE INVENTION


During menstruation, women generally choose to use either a tampon or a sanitary towel or pad to absorb menstrual fluid. Their choice is influenced by the distinct advantages and disadvantages of tampons and sanitary towels. In rural villages, refuge camps and poor urban areas, most young girls cannot afford the price of conventional sanitary pads. Instead they use old clothes made of wool, cotton or polyester. In very rare cases, some use plastic papers or newspapers to absorb menstrual flow.

Unlike sanitary towels, tampons are inserted into the vaginal cavity. This means that they are not visible, even if the user is wearing tight fitting clothing. Women also tend to be less conscious that they are using a tampon than a sanitary towel. These advantages are decisive for many women. However, tampons have their disadvantages. Perhaps most importantly, tampons that remain inserted for too long can cause toxic shock S}!ldrome and in some cases death. Other medical issues include a reconunendation that tampons are not used when an intrauterine device (IUD) has recently been inserted and evidence that tampon use can predispose women to endometriosis. Tampons also have a number of perceptual and practical disadvantages. Tampons can be difficult to insert. Women who are not sexually active may not

/\ therefore feel comfortable using a tampon. Indeed, in some cultures, insertion of a tampon into the vaginal cavity is objectionable. Finally, women with heavy menstrua] flow can experience some leakage and have some abdominal discomfort with tampon use.

Sanitary towels avoid some of the disadvantages of tampons. They are worn such that they cover the opening of the vaginal cavity, i. e. externally. This means that all the medical disadvantages of tampons (toxic shock syndrome, problems with new IUDs and predisposition to endometriosis) are avoided. Any perceptual issues regarding insertion into the vaginal cavity are also avoided and sanitary towels can be more practical for women with heavy menstrua] flow, as they are usually less likely to leak than tampons. Finally, sanitary towels or pads find particular use after giving birth or after termination of a pregnancy.

Nonetheless, conventional sanitary towels have their own disadvantages. Even the smallest and most discrete sanitary towel is visible to some extent. Sanitary towels generally need to be held in position, e. g. by adhesion to panties or by a belt. They are large in comparison to tampons, which make them less convenient to carry around or to dispose of. Women also tend to be more aware that they are wearing a sanitary towel than a tampon, as sanitary towels are less comfortable. Finally, sanitary towels are a little less hygienic than tampons as they can cause some mixing of bodily fluids and stain clothes.

It can therefore be appreciated that neither tampons nor conventional towels are ideal.


However, some prior art has recognised that a sanitary product combining some of the features of a tampon with some of the features of a towel can have many of the advantages, yet minimise the disadvantages, of both tampons and towels. In this respect, MCGUINNESS, Keir of Gennany publisbed international patent no. W0/20005/058218: Sanitary Product in which combined tampons and towels have been suggested before. For example, patent publications US2092346, US233l355, US3037506, US3420234, US3690321, US6059763 and EPI206925 all describe sanitary products <BR> comprising combined internally worn plugs (e. g. "tampons") and externally worn pads (e. g."sanitary towels") of various shapes and designs.

However, all these sanitary products suffer from a number of disadvantages. In particular, they are difficult to fit. A tampon is usually inserted using an introducer, which is a stiff tube of plastics or cardboard. The introducer is inserted into the vaginal cavity and the tampon is pushed through and out of the introducer into position. The introducer is then withdrawn from the vagina, leaving the tampon in place.

The sanitary products described in US2092346, US233!355, US3037506, US3420234, US3690321 and US6059763 each have an externally worn pad joined directly to an internally worn plug. An introducer cannot be used to insert the plugs of these products, as the introducer cannot be withdrawn over the pad. The plug must therefore be inserted manually, either by manipulating the pad or by manipulating the plug with the pad folded out of the way. This is awkward to say the least. EP1206925 suggests a slightly different approach in which a conventional tampon is removably attached to a pad using a string. This document suggests using an introducer to insert the tampon and attaching the pad after insertion. However, this is time consuming and fiddly.



The present invention seeks to overcome these problems.


Several inventions in the prior art have disclosed manufacture of sanitary pads. Most of them have however not taught a method of using soft linen in one or more layers of reusable pads for women during menstrual cycle.

The following is summary of prior art patent disclosure involving sanitary pads:


(WO 2003/075813) SANITARY PRODUCT: _A composite sanitary product capable of stably maintaining the installation state of a labium pudenda pad installed between labium pudenda, comprising an inter-labium pudenda absorbing pad of such a size that can be easily held between the labium pudenda and formed in a long thin piece extending in a longitudinal and lateral.directions and a support absorbing pad body disposed on the anti-body side of the inter-labium pudenda absorbing pad body so as to be overlapped with the inter-labium pudenda absorbing pad body and having a dimension longer than that of the inter-labium pudenda

~ -":       absorbing pad body, wherein both end parts of a connection pad formed of an elastic extension

material extendable in longitudinal  marmer.


(WO 2005/058218) SANITARY PRODUCT: This invention relates to a sanitary product (I) for use by women for the absorption of menstrual fluid and such like. The product (I) comprises a plug (2) and a pad (3) joined by a sheath (4). The plug (2) is substantially cylindrical so that is fits comfortably in a vaginal cavity. The pad (3) remains outside the vaginal cavity, but has an absorbent layer on an inward side (9) proximal to the plug (2) and a liquid impermeable layer on an outward side (10). The sheath (4) comprises a tube of absorbent material for drawing excess menstrual fluid from the plug (2) to the pad (3) and has

a layer of liquid impermeable material on its inside surface. It extends from an outward end (6)

of the plug (2), proximal to the pad (3).


(WO 1996/036305) SANITARY PANTS WITH PANTS COMPONENT AND ABSORBENT

PAD: invention relates to sanitary pants consisting of a pants component (5) and an absorbent

pad (4), with a central section (1), two lateral leg sections (2) and two covering regions (3), in

which the absorbent pad (4) can be inserted into depressions between the covering regions (3) and the central section (1) to provide a releasable connection to the pants component (5) and in which, for the lateral securing of absorbent pads (4) of different sizes, there are securing components (9) which provide a releasable connection between the covering regions (3) on the
one hand and the central section (I) and/or the leg sections (2) on the other.


(WO 1997/038738) IMPROVED SANITARY PAD: invention concerns a sanitary pad for use

in sanitary protection of infants and adults and/or for medical uses, the pad comprising at least one external impermeable sheet, a permeable skin and an absorbant layer positoned between the external sheet and the permeable skin, the characterizing feature being that it contains one or several antiseptics.

(WO 1996/007379) VESTIBULAR ANATOMICALLY-SHAPED SANITARY PAD FOR WOMEN: Anatomically shaped sanitary pad (40) for women, vestibular, flat and oblong in
 

,    1 shape of dimensions that substantially correspond to those of the vestibule (52) of the vulva

(51)    allowing the pad to be lodged inside said vestibule and to become stabilized at the exit of

the vagins (53) due to pressure by the two labia minora (56) and the two labia majora (57) and

to adherence produced by the presence ofhumidity.


Summary of the Invention


According to the present invention, there is provided a sanitary product for wear around a

human vagina. the product comprising an internally worn absorbent reusable sanitary pieces and an externally worn absorbent pad joined to one another by a sheath that opens through the pad such that a wearer's finger can be received in the sheath to assist insertion and removal of the cotton pieces.

The pad is made of cotton material manufactured in a honeycomb soft pattern with main

sanitary pad cover. The pad is made of 100% cotton by drafting and drawing according to

various sizes ranging from 2" x 8" width and 4"x 60" length. The pad is produced by stitching

and over-locking, seaming or hemming to produce and oval soft cotton pad. To produce a

pouch or cover, the above process is repeated and an impermeable or leak proof material is

stitched in one to four absorbent towel layers wherein the inside is of the pouch bas a water

prooflining on the lower part of the cover with an opening sheath (4).


The pouch is hemmed and stitched around. The product (I) comprises a pair of stitched loops on the sides of the pad (1). The loop (2) is substantially cylindtical so that is fits comfortably

on the sides of the pad pouch before stitching over-locking and hemming measuring 2"x 24". The pad (1) remains outside the vaginal cavity, but has an absorbent layer or layers on an
inward side (5) proximal to the loop (2) and a string (3) measuring 1/8" x 2" width and 20" x

120" tied to the loop on an outward side (5).  In use, a wearer can insert a finger into the sheath

(4) from the outward side of the pad (1) assist with the string (3) to tie around the waist. When

the product (1) is in place and the wearer's band or finger has been removed, the pad (1) has

sufficiently small diameter to avoid exerting any significant pressure on the vaginal orifice and
() vulva area. A string (3) is provided that extends inside the loop (2) from the outward end of the pad (l) to aid removal of the pad after use.



DETAILED DESCRIPTION


Embodiments  of  the  present  invention  include  reusable  sanitary  personal-care  articles,

including sanitary pad for use with a woman's body in the area of the pudendum to receive and

contain bodily fluid, including menstrual material. Several specific details of the invention are

set forth  in the  following  detailed  description  and  in Figures  1-3  to  provide a thorough

understanding  of embodiments  of the  invention.  One  skilled  in  the  art,  however,  will

understand that the present invention is simple and may bave additional embodiments, and that

other embodiments of the invention may be practiced without one or more of the specific

features described below. In other instances, well-known structures, material, or operations are

not shown or described in order to avoid obscuring aspects of the invention.


The non-disposable sanitary personal care articles of embodiments of the present invention include the sanitary pad device having an absorption material and a receptacle positioned against an external portion of a female wearer's pudendum area. The receptacle is configured to receive and contain menstrual material or other bodily material expelled from the pudendum adjacent to the absorbent pad until the material can be absorbed by the pad. The receptacle can be formed by a reservoir member attached to a pad containing one or more absorption materials. Tbe absorption material can include conventional hydrophilic material capable of absorbing menstrual blood and other bodily fluids and material. Such absorption material can be a fiber material (e.g., cellulose fiber, synthetic fiber, wood pulp, etc.), absorbent gelling material, or other conventional absorption material used in sanitary pad material, tampon material, diaper material, or other material used to absorb bodily fluids.

Tbe pad (2) is shaped to fit comfortably between the wearer's legs and against the wearer's pudendum. In the illustrated embodiment, the pad has a generally rectangular anterior portion,
 
(--1 and a posterior portion tapers remwardly to a narrowed posterior end. The pad is shaped and sized so the anterior portion is positioned generally against a portion of the labia majora below the area generally between the urethra and the mons veneris, and preferably just rearward of the clitoris. The pad is shaped and sized so the narrowed posterior end will be positioned approximately at or against the beginning of the user's buttocks and tied by string on a knot. The narrow end is configured to gently engage the area near the beginning of the buttocks, so that the pad will not slip remwardly in use. Instead the beginning of the wearer's buttock will help position the pad and the reservoir member in proper position relative to the vaginal opening. Because the narrowed end starts near the beginning of the user's buttocks and doesn't extend further back, the pad remains closely contoured to the wearer's body.

Accordingly, the pad is substantially undetectable when looking at the wearer from outside. Also, since the pad is so narrow, small and contoured to the wearer's body, the pad sits very comfortably between the wearer's legs without the pad moving around and bunching up within the wearer's panties or other Wldergarments.

In another embodiment, the peripheral edge portion of the pad (2) has a short, raised wall projecting up from the pad's upper surface Wid forming a barrier to block any stray menstrual fluid not captured in the reservoir 16 from flowing over the edge of the pad. In another embodiment, the short, raised wall by stitching can be provided adjacent to the trougb in the pad as discussed above. The short, raised wall can be an integral portion of the pad, or the wall can be a structure adhered to the pad portion. The short, raised wall aroWid the peripheral edge portion can be configured to add some structnral stability to the pad to help the pad maintain its shape when worn.

CLAIMS


I claim:

A reusable sanitary article for use with a woman's body in the area of the pudendwn, comprising: a pad portion having a fluid-permeable surface portion and an absorbent material
adjacent to the surface portion and configured to be positioned exterior of the pudendwn and

to absorb a bodily material from the pudendwn configured to receive and contain the bodily

material  therein  until  the  bodily  material  can  be  substantially  absorbed  by  the  absorbent

material,  wherein the reusable  sanitary pad comprising  of stitched pieces  of 100% cotton

inserted in a pouch consisting of leak- proof lining.


2. A re-usable sanitary pad as in claim 1-2 wherein the pad ranges from 2"x 8" width and

4"x15" long.
3.    A re-usable sanitary pad as in claim 1 wherein the pad comprises of 1 to 15 pieces of 100% cotton according to various sizes ranging from 2" x 8" width and 4"x 60" length.

4.    The reusable sanitary article of claim 1 wherein the outer cover has a ring projecting away from the pad portion, wherein the re-usable sanitary pad consists of two loops measuring 2"x 24" with a string measuring l/8" x 2" width and 20" x 120" on both sides of the pad.

5.    A method of manufacture of re-usable pad as in claim 1-4


6.    Use of reusable sanitary pad by women in menstrual cycle as in claim 1-3 wherein.


7.    The reusable sanitary article of claim 1 wherein the cover has a cavity integrally formed in the pad portion.
 

1--•) 8 .. The disposable sanitary device of claim 1, further comprising an absorbent body portion and a flexible engagement member tied to the body portion, the flexible engagement member being connected to the pad portion.

9 .. The non-disposable sanitary device of claim 6 wherein the flexible engagement member is

a string that extends from the pad portion, the pad portion being slideable along the string

relative to the pad.

10.    The non- disposable sanitary article of claim 1, further comprising a fluid-permeable cover layer attached to the pad member and covering the reservoir member.

11.    The non-disposable sanitary device of claim 1 wherein the reservoir member is made of a material that can absorb a portion of the bodily fluid in the reservoir.

12.    The non- disposable sanitary device of claim 1 wherein the pad portion is configured to be positioned between a wearer1s undergannent and the pudendum.

13.    The non-disposable sanitary device of claim 1 wherein the reservoir member is made of a material that is red.
 

ABSTRACT


The present invention relates to reusable sanitary pad,  its method of preparation and use

thereof. 1bis invention relates to a sanitary product (1) for use by women for the absorption of

menstrual fluid and such like. The pad is made of cotton material manufactured in a honeycomb soft pattern with main sanitary pad cover. The pad is made of 100% cotton by drafting and drawing according to various sizes ranging from 2" x 8" width and 4"x 60"

length. The pad is produced by stitching and over-locking, seaming or hemming to produce

and oval soft cotton pad. To produce a pouch or cover, the above process is repeated and an

impermeable or leak proof material is stitched in one to four absorbent towel layers wherein

the inside is of the pouch has a water proof lining on the lower part of the cover with an

opening sheath (4).


The pouch is hemmed and stitched around. The product (I) comprises a pair of stitched loops on the sides of the pad (I). The loop (2) is substantially cylindrical so that is fits comfortably

on the sides of the pad pouch before stitching over-locking and hemming measuring 2"x 24".

The pad (1) remains outside the vaginal cavity, but has an absorbent layer or layers on an

inward side (5) proairnal to the loop (2) and a string (3) measuring l/8" x 2" width and 20" x

120" tied to the loop on an outward side (5).  In use, a wearer can insert a fmger into the sheath

(4) from the outward side of the pad (1) assist with the string (3) to tie around the waist. When the product (1) is in place and the wearer's hand or finger has been removed, the pad (I) has

sufficiently small diwneter to avoid exerting any significant pressure on the vaginal orifice and

vulva area. A string (3) is provided that extends inside the loop (2) from the outward end of the

pad (1) to aid removal of the pad after use.

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