The product was developed by husband and wife Sylvain Légaré and Suzanne Minville using materials the couple found in the drug store. The prototype product uses adhesives found in medical care products and absorbent materials used in ultra-thin feminine hygiene pads.
“At this stage, we just have a prototype,” Légaré says. “We made it using materials we found at the drugstore. We have tested it and it works.”
The product, which is meant for external use, is more discreet and stable than a pad, can offer relief for tampon leakage during swimming and other water activities and can even offer an alternative to women who don’t use tampons for health or religious concerns.
According to Légaré, his wife has complained about tampons falling short during water activities for years. She brought these complaints to him and together this concept was developed. The result is an adhesive waterproof product made from a piece of absorbent material and an adhesive tab to keep it in place. The material can be applied directly to the pudendal region to entirely cover the vulva, keeping bodily fluids and in and external liquids out during menstruation.
The couple has already made a provisional patent application with the US Patent Office and they are actively seeking a hygiene manufacture that could develop a marketable product. The product has already been nominated for an IDEA Achievement Award.