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1. WO2020114610 - SERVIETTE POUR L'INCONTINENCE À PROFIL D'ÉPAISSEUR VARIABLE

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INCONTINENCE PAD WITH VARYING THICKNESS PROFILE

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a profiled urine incontinence pad. The present invention also relates to an individually wrapped urine incontinence pad and a stack of folded profiled urine incontinence pads.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Urine incontinence pads are well known articles of commerce. Such articles may be absorbent pads for heavier bladder leakage or thinner liners for light bladder leakage.

Incontinence pads are generally provided with an absorbent core to receive and retain body liquids. For incontinence pads intended for heavier bladder leakage to function efficiently, the absorbent core must quickly acquire body liquids into the structure from the point of application and subsequently distribute the body liquids within and throughout the absorbent core to provide maximum leakage containment. It is also desirable that such pads are comfortable and have a good fit, i.e. to be sized and configured to fit the limited space available in the crotch portion of the underwear while providing the wearer with a feeling of security. Additionally, there is desire that such articles are discreet, thin and not visible even if the user wears tighter clothes, which may be seen as being in contradiction with the above objects.

When an incontinence pad is used by a wearer, it is exposed to pressure, which tends to compress the article in a thickness direction. Such pressures are typically about 2-5 kPa when standing or walking, about 10-20 kPa when sitting, 30 kPa when sitting and leaning forward, and up to 50 kPa when bicycling, in the centre of an absorbent pad. In order to maintain excellent liquid distribution properties in the absorbent article, it is important that the absorbent core can withstand pressures and not collapse when exposed to higher pressures.

A further desire is that the pads should be neat and easily foldable to obtain individual package sizes for easy bring along of the article in a bag or pocket and for easy disposal after use.

It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide an improved urine incontinence pad which may receive larger urine insults, is comfortable and gives the user a sense of high security throughout the daily activities, while still being discreet and thin. There is also an aim to improve the folding and packaging solution for such incontinence pads.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

One or more of the above objects may be achieved with a urine incontinence pad in accordance with claim 1 , an individually wrapped urine incontinence pad according to claim 16 and a stack of folded incontinence pads according to claim 17. Further embodiments are set out in the dependent claims, in the following description and in the drawings.

The urine incontinence pad as disclosed herein and according to a first aspect has longitudinal side edges and transverse end edges. The urine incontinence pad further comprises a fluid permeable topsheet, a backsheet and an absorbent core being located between the topsheet and the backsheet. The absorbent core has a core front edge, a core rear edge, a core first longitudinal side edge and a core second longitudinal side edge. The absorbent core comprises a first core layer and a fluid control layer. The absorbent core has in its longitudinal direction a front portion, a rear portion and an intermediate portion located between the front portion and the rear portion. The front portion and the rear portion each have a length of about 30% of the total length of the absorbent core. The intermediate portion has a length of about 40% of the total length of the absorbent core. The first core layer extends over the front portion, the intermediate portion and the rear portion. The fluid control layer is shorter than the first core layer and extends in the front portion and the intermediate portion. The first core layer comprises 100 gsm superabsorbent material or more. The absorbent core has a varying thickness profile as seen in the longitudinal direction (L), with the intermediate portion having a first thickness (T 10.5) under a load of 0.5 kPa and a first compressed thickness (T 12.5) under a load of 2.5 kPa, said rear and front portions having a second thickness (T2o.s) under a load of 0.5 kPa and a second compressed thickness (T22.5) under a load of 2.5 kPa

wherein. Said second thickness (T2o.s) is from 37% to 15% of said first thickness (TI 0.5) and said second compressed thickness (T22.5) is from 37% to 15% of said first

compressed thickness (TI 2.5) and that a ratio (TI 2.5/ T22.5) between said first and said second compressed thickness is equal or greater than a ratio (T10.5/ T2o.s) between said first and said second thickness.

The portion of the core comprising the fluid control layer may have the thickness T 1 and the portions of the core outside the fluid control layer may have the thickness T2.

The region having the second thickness extends from the first longitudinal side of the absorbent core to the second longitudinal side of the absorbent core.

The region in the rear portion having the second thickness may extend 30mm or more from the core rear end edge and towards the core front edge.

The superabsorbent material may for example be substantially homogenously mixed in the first core layer or be provided as a sub-layer in the first core layer.

The urine incontinence pad according to the present disclosure has a relatively thick intermediate portion giving the wearer a sense of comfort and leakage security. The fit will also be improved as the pad conforms well to the wearer’s anatomy. The pad comes into close body contact with the wearer in the crotch region due to the thicker intermediate portion, thereby allowing excreted liquid to be directly absorbed into the absorbent core and reducing the risk of side leakage. However, the solution according to the present disclosure also provides a highly discreet urine incontinence pad as the rear and front portions of the absorbent core are from 37% to 15% of the first thickness compared to the thickness in the intermediate portion, under a low-compressed condition and wherein this difference in thickness is maintained or is increased under higher pressure. Such varying thickness profile with a considerably greater thickness, also maintained when exerted to higher pressures, in the intermediate portion than in the rear portion has been found by the present inventors to improve the leakage security and the perception by the wearer of comfort and good leakage perception during different types of activities during the day, while at the same time giving a highly discreet urine incontinence pad which is almost invisible when worn by the wearer as the front and rear portions are so thin.

The absorbent core may have a third thickness under a load of 0.5 kPa, and a third compressed thickness under a load of 2.5 kPa, in the rear portion or in a transitional region comprising a part of the intermediate portion and a part of the rear portion, with the third thickness being from 60% to 45% of the first thickness under a load of 0.5 kPa and the third compressed thickness being from 60% to 45% of the first compressed thickness.

Such third thickness, being an intermediate thickness compared to the first and the second thickness, may increase the comfort of the incontinence pad by providing a softer transition between the first and the second thickness regions.

The third thickness may also facilitate the folding of the articles when provided in a stack, if the folding line is in this region of the core instead of the thickest region.

The second thickness may be 4 mm or less, such as from 3.5 to 0.3 mm or from 3 mm to 1 mm.

The first thickness may be from 9 mm or more, such as from 9 mm to 16 mm, or from 9 mm to 12 mm.

The absorbent core may comprise from 200 gsm to 1000 gsm superabsorbent material at least in a part of the absorbent core having the first thickness, providing the intermediate portion with a high absorbency in region of the pad arranged in the crotch region of the wearer.

The superabsorbent material may be homogenously mixed within the layers making up the absorbent core, but it may be unevenly distributed between the different layers. The superabsorbent material may also for example be provided as sub-layers within the layers making up the absorbent core.

The first core layer may comprise between 100 and 200 gsm superabsorbent material allowing the absorbent core to have a fairly high absorbency also in the rear and/or front portions.

The absorbent core may have the first thickness in from 15 to 40% of the total longitudinal length of the absorbent core in the front portion, in a portion extending from the intermediate portion and towards the core front edge.

Hence, the portion of the absorbent core having the first thickness may be relatively large, with a portion in the front region and a portion in the rear region being very thin. Such configuration will lead to a feeling of high leakage security while at the same time offering a very discreet incontinence pad.

The first core layer may have a waist portion located in the front portion or between the front portion and the intermediate portion. A width of the waist portion may be from 50 to 75% of a widest transverse width of the front portion of the first absorbent layer. The narrower waist portion located in the front portion or between the front portion and the intermediate portion may further ensure that the article has a proper fit in a wearer’s groin and stays in place during use. That the incontinence pad stays in place during use ensure high leakage prevention and the discretion of the incontinence pad according to the present disclosure as forward or rear displacement of the incontinence pad could lead to that the thicker region becomes more exposed and that the discretion is compromised.

The first core layer may be arranged between the fluid control layer and the fluid permeable topsheet and thus be an upper core layer.

The first core layer may have an opening extending there through from a body-facing side of the first absorbent layer to a garment facing side of the first absorbent layer, the opening being arranged in the front portion and the intermediate portion. The absorbent core may further or alternatively comprise at least one underlying core layer in the form of a fluid storage layer. The fluid storage layer(s) may be located between the first core layer and the backsheet or between the fluid flow control layer and the backsheet. The opening in the first core layer may extend completely through the layer, thereby forming a cavity in the article. The opening may be arranged such that 80-100% or 90-100% of the longitudinal extension of the opening is located in the front and the intermediate portion of the first core layer in order to ensure a proper placement of the opening in relation to the wetting point of the article. About 5 to 20 % of the longitudinal extension of the opening may be located in the front portion of the first core layer. The longitudinal extension of the opening in the first core layer may be 20-40% of the longitudinal extension of the first core layer in order to ensure fluid flow into the opening and not on the outside of the topsheet. The transverse dimension of the opening may be larger in the front portion of the first core layer than the transverse dimension of the opening in the intermediate portion of the first core layer in order to improve the fluid intake rate through the opening and further into the fluid flow control structure. Thereby an absorbent article is achieved which ensures that liquid will be directed to the opening and pass into the fluid flow control structure and the core. The first core layer may have one opening only for both leakage security and improved feeling of safety for the user.

A widest transverse width of the rear portion of the absorbent core may be from 80-120 mm. This has been shown to improve comfort and leakage protection.

An elastic member may be arranged along each longitudinal side edge of the article, at least laterally outside of the core in the area of the transition between the front portion and the intermediate portion of the core. The elastic members may be located between the topsheet and the backsheet. The article may have an interspace which is free from absorbent material and which is located between the elastic member and the core in the area of the transition between the front portion and the intermediate portion of the core, more specifically in an area between the elastics, located at the periphery of the article, and the periphery of the first core layer. Each elastic member may have an extension at least to a lateral edge of a widest part of the front portion of the absorbent core to facilitate and promote folding of the first end portion of the article. Correspondingly, the elastic member may be arranged such that it does not extend in the longitudinal direction beyond the rear transversal edge of the rear part of the shorter underlying core layer in order to facilitate and promote folding of the first end portion of the incontinence pad. The elastic members may not extend beyond the first fold line of the article to facilitate fold about the fold line.

The incontinence pad may further include fastening means for fastening of the

incontinence pad inside a supporting pant garment, such as a pair of underpants. The fastening means may be any conventional fastening means including adhesive and mechanical fasteners and may be covered by a releasable protective layer.

The fluid control layer which is shorter than the first core layer may be arranged not to extend into the rear portion of the absorbent core.

The absorbent core may further comprise at least one underlying core layer in the form of a fluid storage layer. The fluid storage layer(s) may be located between the fluid flow control layer and the backsheet.

The fluid storage layer may be shorter than the first core layer in each of the front portion and the rear portion and longer than the fluid control layer in each of the front portion and the rear portion.

The portion(s) of the core outside the fluid control layer which comprises the first core layer and also the fluid storage layer may have the thickness T3.

The fluid flow control structure may for example be a layered structure comprising a non-perforated fibrous polymeric layer and a first perforated polymeric layer, wherein the polymers in the first perforated polymeric layer are selected from polyolefins, polyesters, polyamides and blends and combinations thereof. The first perforated polymeric layer may have a basis weight of from 50 g/m2 to150 g/m2, or a basis weight of from 60 g/m2 to 140 g/m2. The first perforated polymeric layer may be a nonwoven, a film or a film/nonwoven laminate. The first perforated polymeric layer may for example be a three-dimensionally formed layer having penetrating apertures. The non-perforated fibrous polymeric layer may be a high loft material of 50 g/m2 to150 g/m2 or a basis weight of from 60 g/m2 to 140. The polymer for the non-perforated fibrous polymeric layer may be polyester. The fluid flow control structure may also be a three layer structure consisting of the non-perforated fibrous polymeric layer, the first perforated polymeric layer and a second perforated polymeric layer. The non-perforated fibrous polymeric layer may be sandwiched between the first perforated polymeric layer and the second perforated polymeric layer. The second perforated polymeric layer may also be a three-dimensionally formed layer having apertures extending from a first surface of the web towards a second surface of the web and forming protrusions on the second surface.

The fluid flow control structure may have relatively high bending stiffness. A high bending stiffness provides the absorbent article with an improved ability of resisting transverse compression between the thighs of a wearer of the article and counteracts unwanted deformation of the article during wear. The bending stiffness or flexure resistance of the laminate material in the fluid flow control structure may be 0.5 -5 N, preferably 1-4 N, as measured by the modified ASTM D 4032-82 CIRCULAR BEND PROCEDURE.

Disclosed herein and according to a second aspect is an individually wrapped urine incontinence pad, comprising a urine incontinence pad and a wrapping sheet. The urine incontinence pad is a urine incontinence pad according to the first aspect. The

incontinence pad has a length extending in the longitudinal direction and a width extending in a transverse direction. The wrapping sheet has a length extending in said longitudinal direction (L) and a width extending in the transverse direction. The wrapping sheet is arranged to cover the backsheet of the incontinence pad of from 75 to 95 % of the length of the incontinence pad such that a first end portion, corresponding to a rear end portion of the incontinence pad, has a portion being free from the wrapping sheet.

The incontinence pad is folded about a first transverse fold line with the first end portion overlying a central portion, with a second end portion being folded about a second transverse fold line and overlying the first end portion.

The incontinence pad is thus folded with a incontinence pad rear end portion first and with the front end portion overlaying the pad rear end portion such that the topsheet in the front end portion is in contact with the backsheet in the portion being free from the wrapping sheet and with the wrapping sheet covering the remaining portion of the pad rear end portion.

The wrapping sheet may also be provided with adhesive, for example, at a front edge portion for sealing against the wrapping sheet covering the incontinence pad rear end portion.

Disclosed herein and according to a third aspect is also a stack of folded incontinence pads according to the first or the second aspect. The stack comprises a plurality of urine incontinence pads wherein each of the folded incontinence pads of the plurality of folded incontinence pads is folded about a first transverse fold line with a first end portion overlying a central portion, with a second end portion being folded about a second transverse fold line and overlying the first end portion. At one of the first or the second transverse fold line, the absorbent core has the second thickness or the third thickness and at the other one of the first or second transverse fold line, the absorbent core has the first thickness. The folded incontinence pads are stacked in a head-to-toe relationship.

The first end portion may either correspond to the incontinence pad front end portion or to the incontinence pad rear end portion and the second end portion then corresponds to the other one of the front or the rear end portion.

The first end portion and the second end portion may each correspond to about 30% of the total length of the incontinence pad and the central portion may correspond to about 40% of the total length of the incontinence pad.

The fact that the absorbent core has different thicknesses at the first and the second transverse fold line may cause an unstable and uneven stack due to an uneven thickness at two of the opposing edges of the folded article. This may also lead to difficulties when packaging the folded articles in packages and non-optimal space usage within the outer packaging and unattractive packages. By stacking the folded incontinence pads in a head-to-toe relationship this problem with stacking of incontinence pads according to the present disclosure is overcome.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The present invention will be further explained hereinafter by means of non-limiting examples and with reference to the appended drawings wherein:

Fig. 1 shows a urine incontinence pad as disclosed herein;

Fig. 2 shows a top plan view of a urine incontinence pad as disclosed herein;

Fig. 3 shows a top plan view of a urine incontinence pad as disclosed herein;

Fig. 4a-c show elevation views of successive steps of folding of a urine

incontinence pad as disclosed herein;

Fig. 5 is a perspective view of a stack of folded incontinence pads, comprising a plurality of urine incontinence pads as disclosed herein;

Fig. 6 is a top plan view of a urine incontinence pad and a wrapping sheet.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The invention will be described more closely below by reference to an exemplary embodiment. The invention may however be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth in the drawings and the description thereto.

Figure 1 schematically shows an incontinence pad 1 seen from the side that is intended to be facing towards a wearer's body when the pad 1 is being worn. The pad 1 has two longitudinal side edges 2, 3 having equal length and extending generally in the same direction. Front and rear end edges 4, 5 extend transversely at the ends of the pad 1. The rear end edge 5 is intended to be oriented rearwards, towards the buttocks of the wearer during use of the pad 1 , and the front-end edge 4 is intended to be facing forwards towards the abdomen of the wearer. The pad 1 comprises a fluid permeable topsheet 8, a fluid impermeable backsheet 9 and an absorbent core 10 having a core front edge 10a, a core rear edge 10b, a core first longitudinal side edge 10c and a core second longitudinal side edge 10d. The absorbent core 10 comprises three core layers 1 1 , 12 and 18. A first core layer 1 1 is located between the topsheet 8 and an underlying core layer in the form of a fluid flow control structure 12. The fluid flow control structure 12 is located between the first core layer 1 1 and an underlying core layer in the form of a fluid storage structure 18 located between the fluid flow control structure 12 and the backsheet 9. The absorbent core 10 is in its longitudinal direction divided into a front portion 13, an intermediate portion 14 and a rear portion 15. The front portion 13 and the rear portion 15 of the absorbent core 10 each have a length of about 30% of the total length of the absorbent core 10. The intermediate portion 14 has a length of about 40% of the total length of the absorbent core 10. The absorbent core 10 has a first thickness T1 in the intermediate portion 14 and a second thickness T2 in the front and rear portion 13,15 of the absorbent core 10. The second thickness T2, as measured under a load of 0.5 kPa is from 37 to 15% of the first thickness T1 , as measured under a load of 0.5 kPa. When measuring the first and second thicknesses T 1 ,T2 under compressed conditions and under a load of 2.5 kPa, the second thickness is still from 37 to 15% of the first thickness T1 and the ratio of the first to the second compressed thicknesses is equal or greater than a ratio between the first to the second thicknesses, as measured under a load of 0.5 kPa. This meaning that the intermediate portion, despite its higher thickness maintains its structure comparably well when exposed to higher pressures.

The absorbent core in this figure furthermore has a third thickness T3 in a transitional region comprising a part of the intermediate portion 14 and a part of the rear portion, the third thickness T3 measured under a load of 0.5 kPa being from 60% to 40% of the first thickness T 1 , measured under the same load and conditions. The third thickness T3 measured under a load of 2.5 kPa is from 60% to 40% of the first thickness T 1 , measured under the same load and conditions

The first core layer 11 extends over the front 13, the intermediate 14 and the rear portion 15 of the absorbent core 10. The flow control structure 12 partly extends over the front portion 13 and extends over the intermediate portion 14 of the absorbent core 10. A rear end edge of the flow control structure 12 is located at the transition between the intermediate portion 14 and the rear portion 15. The fluid storage layer 18 extends over the intermediate portion 14 and partly over the rear portion 15 and the front portion 13.

The first core layer 11 and the fluid storage layer 18 may, for example, comprise a mixture of superabsorbent particles and pulp fibers. The fluid flow control structure may for example be a three layer structure consisting of a non-perforated fibrous polymeric layer, a first perforated polymeric layer and a second perforated polymeric layer. The non-perforated fibrous polymeric layer may be sandwiched between the first perforated polymeric layer and the second perforated polymeric layer. The first and second perforated polymeric layer may also be a three-dimensionally formed layer having apertures extending from a first surface of the web towards a second surface of the web and forming protrusions on the second surface.

The topsheet 8 and the backsheet 9 extend together laterally outside the absorbent core 10 along the whole periphery of the absorbent core 10 and are connected to each other in an edge join along the periphery of the pad 1. The edge join may be formed in any suitable manner as known in the art such as by adhesive, ultrasonic bonding, thermo bonding etc. The topsheet 8 and the backsheet 9 may consist of any material suitable for the purpose as disclosed herein, such as nonwoven or film material.

Elastic members 17, 17’, such as bands or strings of elastic material, e.g. foam elastics, are arranged between the topsheet 8 and the backsheet 9 and along the longitudinal side edges 2, 3 of the pad 1. The article has an interspace which is free from absorbent material and which is located laterally between the elastic member 17, 17’ and the

absorbent core 10 in the transition between the front portion 13 and the intermediate portion 14 of the core 10. Each elastic member 17, 17’ extend to a lateral edge of the widest part of the front portion 13 of the absorbent core 10.

An example of an article of the present disclosure is the incontinence pad of Figure 1 having a core according to the invention, a topsheet of 18 gsm spunbonded thermoplastic nonwoven material, and a backsheet of 25 gsm laminate of a plastic film and a

thermoplastic nonwoven material. The components of the article are connected to each other by means of adhesive and welding.

Figures 2 and 3 are plan view of incontinence pads according to the present disclosure, and are both seen from the side that is intended to be facing towards a wearer's body when the pad 1 is being worn. The pad 1 has two longitudinal side edges 2,3 having equal length and extending generally in the same direction. Front and rear end edges 4,5 extend transversely at the ends of the pad 1. The rear end edge 5 is intended to be oriented rearwards during use of the pad 1 , and the front-end edge 4 is intended to be facing forwards towards the abdomen of the wearer. The pad 1 comprises a fluid permeable topsheet 8, a fluid impermeable backsheet 9 and an absorbent core 10 comprising three core layers 11 , 12 and 18. A first core layer 1 1 is located between the topsheet 8 and a fluid flow control structure 12. The fluid flow control structure 12 is located between the first core layer 11 and a fluid storage structure 18. The absorbent core 10 is in its longitudinal direction divided into a front portion 13, an intermediate portion 14 and a rear portion 15. The first core layer 11 extends over the front 13, the intermediate 14 and the rear portion 15 of the absorbent core 10. The flow control structure 12 extends over a part of the front portion 13 and over the intermediate portion 14 of the absorbent core 10. The absorbent core 10 has a narrow transversal width 16 between the front portion 13 and the intermediate portion 14 of the absorbent core 10.

Elastic members 17, 17’ are arranged between the topsheet 8 and the backsheet 9 and along the longitudinal side edges 2, 3 of the pad 1. The article has an interspace free from absorbent material located laterally between the elastic members 17, 17’.

As illustrated in Fig. 2 by the arrow in the rear portion 15 marked T2, the region having the second thickness T2 extends at least 30 mm or more from the core rear edge 10b and toward the core front edge 10a, such as to about in from 5 to 40% of the total longitudinal length of the absorbent core 10. The region in the front portion 13 having the second thickness T2 extends from the core front edge 10a and towards the core rear edge 10b and is illustrated by the arrow in the front portion 13 marked T2. This region extends from about 20 mm or more from the core front edge and toward the core rear edge 10b, such as to about in from 5 to 15% of the total longitudinal length of the absorbent core 10.

The region within the arrow marked with T1 corresponds to the region of the absorbent core 10 having a thickness T 1. The absorbent core has the first thickness T 1 in the intermediate region 14 and in from 5 to 15% of the total longitudinal length of the absorbent core 10 in the front portion 13, in a portion extending from the intermediate portion 14 and towards the core front edge 10a.

Figures 4a to 4c illustrate the successive folding steps of the incontinence pad 1 according to Figure 1. In Figure 4a a first end portion 19 of the pad 1 is folded in a first folding step about the first transversal fold line 22 coinciding with a part of the absorbent core 10 having the second thickness T2 or the third thickness T3 until the first end portion 19 is in contact with the central area 21 of the article 1 , i.e. folding until topsheet 8 of the first end portion 19 is in contact with the topsheet 8 of the central area 21. In this example, the first end portion 19 and the second end portion 20 correspond to about 30% of the total length of the incontinence pad 1 and the central portion 21 corresponds to about 40% of the total length of the incontinence pad 1.

Figure 4b illustrates the second folding step, wherein a second end portion 20 of the incontinence pad 1 is folded about the second transversal fold line 23 coinciding with a part of the absorbent core 10 having the first thickness T 1 until it is in contact with the portion 19 of the incontinence pad 1 already folded, i.e. the topsheet 8 of second end portion 20 facing the backsheet 9 of the first end portion 19. Figure 4c shows the final folded incontinence pad 1. By folding the second end portion 20 onto the first end portion 19 the second transverse folding line 23 becomes softer and less distinct and the front part of the incontinence pad 1 adopts more easily a cup-shape after unfolding and during use of the incontinence pad 1.

Figure 5 illustrates a stack 100 of incontinence pads 1 according to the present disclosure. The incontinence pads 1 are stacked in a head-to-toe relationship in a head-to-toe stack 100. Due to the fact that the incontinence pad 1 has different thicknesses at

the first and second transverse fold lines a head-head relationship in a stack of several such incontinence pads would lead to uneven heights at each transverse fold line and consequently unstable stacks of folded incontinence pads 100.

Figure 6 illustrates a plan top view of an unfolded incontinence pad 1 with an attached wrapping sheet 30. The urine incontinence pad 1 is a urine incontinence pad according the previous figures. The incontinence pad 1 has a length lp extending in the longitudinal direction L and a width wp extending in a transverse direction T. The wrapping sheet 30 has a length lws extending in the longitudinal direction L and a width wws extending in the transverse direction T, with the width wws of the wrapping sheet being greater than the width wp of the incontinence pad 1. As may be seen in figure 6, the wrapping sheet 30 is arranged to cover the backsheet 9 of the incontinence pad 1 of from 75 to 95 % of the length lp of the incontinence pad such that a first end portion 19, corresponding to a rear end portion of the incontinence pad 1 in this figure, has a portion 24 being free from the wrapping sheet 30. The wrapping sheet 30 thus covers the second end portion 20 and the central portion 21 completely, but does not cover the first end portion 19 completely leaving a portion 24 in the rear end of the incontinence pad 1 free from the wrapping sheet 30. The length lws of the wrapping sheet 30 may thus be equal to or slightly shorter than then the length lp of the incontinence pad 1.

The incontinence pad 1 is intended to be folded about a first transverse fold line 22 with the first end portion 19 overlying the central portion 21 , with a second end portion 20 being folded about a second transverse fold line 23 and overlying the first end portion 19. The wrapping sheet 30 is provided with adhesive 25 in a top edge region for sealing against the wrapping sheet 30 covering the first end portion 19 of the incontinence pad 1 once the incontinence pad 1 and the wrapping sheet 30 has been folded.

The incontinence pad will thus be folded with an incontinence pad rear end portion first and with the front end portion overlaying the rear end portion such that the topsheet in the front end portion is in contact with the backsheet in the portion being free from the wrapping sheet and with the wrapping sheet covering the remaining portion of the incontinence pad rear end portion.

Thickness measurement

The thickness is determined by means of a measuring foot with affixed load of 0.5 k Pa or 2.5 k Pa. The foot is lowered onto the sample at a rate of 13 mm/s. The thickness is read off at the digital thickness gauge/tester after 5 seconds when the measuring foot has touched the surface of the sample. If the first absorbent layer in at least a part of said intermediate portion and/or front portion has an opening extending from a body facing side to a garment side, the thickness is determined in the part outside the opening, so that the thickness of the first absorbent layer is included in the thickness T 1.