U.S. Patent No.: 8,246,595 B2
Inventor(s): Ulrika Carlson, Billdal, Sweden; Hans Een, Mölnlycke, Sweden; and Jan Wästlund-Karlsson, Mölndal, Sweden.
Company: SCA Hygiene Products AB, Göteborg, Sweden.
An absorbent article comprising an absorbent core and a cover enclosing the absorbent core, said cover comprising a liquid pervious inner cover on a wearer facing side of the absorbent core and a liquid impervious outer cover on a garment facing side of the absorbent core, said article having a longitudinal and a transverse direction and being defined by a pair of longitudinal side edges and a pair of first transverse side edges, said article comprises, as seen in the longitudinal direction of the article, a front region, a back region and a crotch region there between, said crotch region being defined by an inwardly directed leg contour in each longitudinal side edge of the article, wherein at least part of the crotch region has a width in the transverse direction of no more than 20 cm, said article further comprises substantially longitudinally extending leak barriers, each of said leak barriers having a free laterally inward elasticized side, a laterally outward side and a plurality of second transverse side edges, portions of the elasticized side of the leak barrier between the second transverse side edges being raised from the inner cover of the absorbent article, a majority of an inward side of at least one second transverse side edge of the leak barrier extending between the free laterally inward elasticized side and the laterally outward side being adjoined to the inner cover, wherein the crotch region along a length of at least 2 cm, in the longitudinal direction is free from raised leak barriers, while raised leak barriers are present in the front or back regions of the article.