Stretchable Absorbent Article Having Zones Of Differential Stretch

January 11, 2005

Patented is a disposable absorbent article with a front waist section, a rear waist section, an intermediate section that extends between and connects the waist sections, a pair of laterally opposed side edges, a pair of longitudinally opposed waist edges, a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction. The absorbent article includes a substantially liquid-impermeable stretchable outer cover configured to provide a first level of elongation. A liquid permeable stretchable top surface is attached to the stretchable outer cover. The stretchable top surface has a first zone that is configured to provide a second level of elongation that is less than the first level of elongation. The first zone of the top surface is provided by a stretchable bodyside liner and a means for restricting the stretchability of the stretchable bodyside liner. At least one containment component is attached to the liquid permeable top surface. An absorbent body is located between the stretchable outer cover and the stretchable top surface.
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