An absorbent article with improved leakage protection has received a patent. The invention relates to an absorbent article for taking up body fluids, with a longitudinal direction, a transverse dir_ec_tion, a crotch portion and two end portions. The article has side edges extending in the longitudinal direction and end edges extending in the transverse direction. It is comprised of a liquid-permeable cover sheet and a liquid-tight cover sheet and an absorbent body arranged between the cover sheets. It has barriers which are arranged along the side edges of the article and raised up from the liquid-permeable cover sheet. The liquid-permeable cover sheet has a central zone which is arranged essentially in the crotch portion of the article, and two end zones which are arranged at the end portions of the article. The liquid-permeable cover sheet is more hydrophilic in the central zone than in the end zones.