ABSORBENT PAD PACKAGING ARTICLE AND METHOD
 Inventors: Susan J. Moder; Richard W.
Kubalek, both of Appleton, Wis.
 Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.,
[ * ] Notice: This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
 Appl. No.: 09/178,162  Filed: Oct. 23, 1998
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation-in-part of application No. 08/993,024, Dec. 18, 1997, Pat. No. 5,891,127, and application No. 08/993, 025, Dec. 18, 1997, Pat. No. 5,827,251.
 Int. CI. A61F 13/15
 U.S. CI 604/358; 604/904; 206/225;
206/226; 206/438; 206/581; 132/286
 Field of Search 604/358, 904;
206/225, 226, 438, 440, 570, 574, 581;
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Feminine sanitary protection packaging is disclosed which includes a combination vaginal insert or insert applicator and an absorbent pad of a sanitary napkin or panty liner configured to fit the pudendal region of a woman. In one aspect, the sanitary napkin or panty liner is rolled laterally to form a laterally rolled combination sanitary napkin or panty liner and vaginal insert or insert applicator. A pouch is positioned around the laterally rolled combination. The pouch provides a means for transporting and disposing of the combination packaging. In one aspect, the vaginal insert includes a tampon or a vaginal suppository. In another aspect, the vaginal insert applicator includes a tampon applicator or a vaginal suppository applicator. In one aspect, the sanitary napkin includes an ultrathin pad or maxipad. In still another aspect, the pouch is sealed and optionally can be perforated on at least one closed end for ease in opening. The pouch can be formed from the release strip of the sanitary napkin or the panty liner and can be used to seal the laterally rolled combination.
20 Claims, 11 Drawing Sheets