US Patent No.: 8,591,487 B2
Inventor(s): Kazuya Nishitani, Kagawa, Japan; and Masashi Kitagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Company: Uni-Charm Corporation, Ehime, Japan
An absorbent article adapted to be worn on a wearer’s body and having a longitudinal direction, a width direction, and a thickness direction, said absorbent article comprising: an absorbent member for absorbing fluid; and a fluid-permeable surface member covering an entire surface of the absorbent member as seen in a plan view in the thickness direction, and adapted to face the body when the absorbent article is worn; wherein the surface member includes a surface sheet and an intermediate sheet that is disposed closer to the absorbent member than the surface sheet in the thickness direction, the surface sheet has at least one first concave section elongated along a first direction, the first concave section being depressed toward the intermediate sheet in the thickness direction, the intermediate sheet has at least one second concave section elongated along a second direction that intersects the first direction, the second concave section being depressed toward the surface sheet in the thickness direction, the surface sheet and the intermediate sheet are joined at first positions where the first concave section and the second concave section intersect each other, said absorbent article has a front end and a rear end opposite the front end in the longitudinal direction, and said at least one first concave section extends in the longitudinal direction all the way from the front end to the rear end.