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Absorbent articles such as disposable diapers, incontinent briefs, diaper holders, training pants, feminine hygiene garments, and the like, having extensible side panel features that improve the dynamic fit of the diaper around the legs and waist of the wearer. Such absorbent articles include a containment assembly including a liquid pervious topsheet; a liquid impervious backsheet; an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet; and extensible side panels, each including a waist panel and a thigh panel disposed along each longitudinal edge of the containment assembly in the first waist region. The waist panel and the thigh panel are operatively associated so that the waist panel has a primary direction of extensibility in one direction and the thigh panel has a primary direction of extensibility in a different direction. This forms a multi-directional extensible side panel wherein the waist panel provides tension around the wearer's waist to maintain fit about the waist and to hold the diaper on the wearer, and the thigh panel expands and contracts to maintain a dynamic fit around the leg of the wearer. Thus, the waist and thigh panels reduce the negative effects of the dynamic forces on the absorbent article, such as sagging and gapping that can cause leakage, while increasing freedom of motion and wearer comfort.

Title
Absorbent article with multi-directional extensible side panels
Application Number
155048
Publication Number
6004306
Application Date
August 20, 1997
Publication Date
December 21, 1999
Inventor
Constance Lee Dakin
Cincinnati
OH, US
Donald Carroll Roe
West Chester
OH, US
Carl Louis Bergman
Loveland
OH, US
Kimberly Ann Dreier
Cincinnati
OH, US
Miguel Alvaro Robles
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
Jacobus C Rasser
Michael S Kolodesh
David M Weirich
Assignee
The Procter & Gamble company
OH, US
IPC
A61F 13/18
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