US Patent No.: 8,585,673 B2
Inventor(s): Yuki Noda, Kagawa, Japan; and Kenichiro Kuroda, Kagawa, Japan
Company: Uni-Charm Corporation, Ehime, Japan.
An absorbent article having a substantially elongated shape, comprising: an absorbent article main body at least including: a top sheet portion that is at least partially liquid permeable and disposed at a first side of the absorbent article main body in a thickness direction of the absorbent article, a back sheet portion that is liquid impermeable and disposed at a second side of the absorbent article main body opposite to the first side, and a liquid retentive absorbent core portion that is disposed between the top sheet portion and the back sheet portion in the thickness direction of the absorbent article; and a single belt-shaped member disposed on the second side of the absorbent article main body, along a longitudinal direction of the absorbent article main body, a pair of joining portions located at the back sheet portion of the absorbent article main body and spaced a predetermined distance apart from each other across a center in a width direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the absorbent article main body at transversely opposite side portions of the absorbent article main body; and a connecting member directly connecting the joining portions to each other, arranged on the absorbent article main body on the second side, and adapted to face away from a wearer when the absorbent article is worn on the wearer, wherein the connecting member is elongated in the width direction of the absorbent article main body, wherein the belt-shaped member, in the longitudinal direction, has a first end connected to each of the joining portions via the connecting member, and in a state where the belt-shaped member is pulled in the longitudinal direction, the absorbent article body is adapted to form a convex portion and a distance between the pair of joining portions decreases, wherein the connecting member has two end sections opposite to each other in the width direction and directly attached to the joining portions, respectively, and a middle section between said two end sections in the width direction, wherein said middle section is free of direct attachment to the absorbent article main body, and said middle section is directly attached to the belt-shaped member.