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(11)EP 3 470 026 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
21.09.2022 Bulletin 2022/38

(21)Application number: 17809780.4

(22)Date of filing:  02.06.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A61F 5/455(2006.01)
A61F 5/44(2006.01)
(52)Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC):
A61F 5/4404; A61F 5/4553
(86)International application number:
PCT/ES2017/070402
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/212094 (14.12.2017 Gazette  2017/50)

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HYGIENIC DEVICE FOR THE COLLECTION OF MENSTRUAL FLOW

HYGIENISCHE VORRICHTUNG ZUM SAMMELN DES MENSTRUATIONSFLUSSES

DISPOSITIF HYDRAULIQUE POUR LA COLLECTE DE FLUX MENSTRUEL


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 10.06.2016 ES 201630767 U

(43)Date of publication of application:
17.04.2019 Bulletin 2019/16

(73)Proprietor: Ecareyou Innovation, S.L.
08191 RUBÍ (ES)

(72)Inventor:
  • GARRIGA I RODO, Joan
    08191 RUBÍ (ES)

(74)Representative: Espiell Volart, Eduardo Maria 
R. Volart Pons y Cia. S.L. Pau Claris, 77, 2.o, 1.a
08010 Barcelona
08010 Barcelona (ES)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2006/058409
WO-A1-2007/082341
WO-A1-2015/012776
DE-U1-202006 013 346
DE-U1-202012 103 789
US-A- 2 845 071
US-A- 5 947 992
US-S1- D 746 452
WO-A1-2007/082341
WO-A1-2013/108249
CN-U- 203 634 351
DE-U1-202006 013 346
US-A- 2 534 900
US-A- 3 102 541
US-S- D 746 452
  
      
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    Description

    OBJECT OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The invention, refers to a hygienic device for collecting menstrual flow, that contributes, to the function to which it is designed, with advantages and characteristics of novelty that will be disclosed in detail thereafter, that mean an improvement to the current state-of-art in its field of application.

    [0002] The object of this invention refers to a menstrual device that, being of the type known in the sector as "menstrual cup" and constituted by a body of impermeable and flexible material, for example silicone, receptacle-shaped and designed to be placed in the woman vagina to collect the menstrual flow, is distinguished for having an improved structural configuration with respect to other similar devices existing in the market, mainly focused in its withdrawal means after it is used, that provides significant advantages for the users, namely for who is starting to use this type of devices, because it facilitates and secures an easy and quick withdrawal.

    FIELD OF APPLICATION OF THE INVENTION



    [0003] The field of application of this invention is within the sector of the industry engaged in producing articles of woman intimate hygiene, particularly focusing on the scope of those designed to containment of the menstrual flow, and more particularly on those known as menstrual cups.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0004] As reference to the current state-of-art, it shall be pointed out that this type of devices is very well-known in the market, the use of which, although relatively recent, is every time more extended because of the advantages it provides, above all hygienic, compared with other systems of containment of the menstrual flow, such as tampons, sanitary napkins and the like.

    [0005] However, its use poses certain reticences, specially in new users, because of the difficulty meant by its withdrawal and, at same time, for fear that the cup could remain lost within the body.

    [0006] In general, the menstrual device or cup, as pointed out before, is constituted from a receptacle-shaped body, that looks like the shape of a cup (hence its name) made of a flexible and impermeable material, normally silicone, which, at its lower part, that means, the opposite to its mouthpiece, has a small thickening, normally spherical, that serves as holding point to proceed to withdrawing the cup from within the vagina, after it is used.

    [0007] Now, modifying the holding system is the problem that this invention seeks to improve, because the above-mentioned thickening, as it is small, remains located within the body and, namely for the new users, that means a handicap that poses reticences as they do not know whether the cup could be lost within the body and because it does not facilitate the withdrawal.

    [0008] Several menstrual cups are known from WO2007082341, USD746452S, DE202006013346U, DE202012103789U, US2845071 or US5947992. They all comprise a cup and an elastic rod or string for pulling out the cup. WO2006058409 A1 discloses the features of the preamble of claim 1.

    [0009] On the other hand, although, as it was said, the devices of the type involved herein are known, the existence of no one is known having technical or structural characteristics equal or similar to those that the device herein claimed possesses.

    EXPLANATION OF THE INVENTION



    [0010] The hygienic device for collecting the menstrual flow proposed by the invention is therefore configured as a novelty within its field of application, because when implementing it, the stated objectives are satisfactorily met, the characterizing details making it possible and distinguishing it duly appearing in the final claims attached to this description.

    [0011] Concretely, what is proposed by the invention, as above stated, is a menstrual device of the type known as "menstrual cup" that is constituted by a body of impermeable and flexible material, silicone, receptacle-shaped similar to a cup, and that is designed to be placed in the woman vagina for collecting the menstrual flow, in which external lower part, the opposite to the mouthpiece, holding means have been provided to proceed to its withdrawal after it is used.

    [0012] From this already known configuration, the device of this invention is essentially distinguished, by the fact that the said holding means for the withdrawal of the device comprise a threadlike element, consisting in a long and thin extension of the material itself of which the body of the receptacle is made. Anyway, with a sufficient length in order that, once the device has been placed, its distal end remains located external to the vagina.

    [0013] With this it is achieved that the user, on the one hand, feels safe and avoid thinking in the possibility to have the cup lost within her body, and on the other hand, the withdrawal of the device is much easier for her.

    [0014] The said threadlike element, in addition, according to the characteristics of the invention, has the peculiarity to be easily cut, preferably at, at least, two points, so that the user, using a suitable tool for it, for example scissors, as it is designed so that it does not break when pulling it with the use, can cut it while gaining more assertiveness in the use of the device until being able to use it with a minimum length.

    [0015] For this, the said threadlike element has, in the proximal area, that means that joining it to the lower part of the body of the receptacle, at least, a protrusion and, preferably, two protrusions separate by a recess, that will serve as holding point after cutting the rest of the threadlike element, it can be chosen, depending on the preference of the user, to leave both or only the one more proximal of the said protrusions.

    [0016] It shall be likewise pointed out that, in the preferred embodiment, the distal end of the said threadlike element has also a third protrusion, in this case to facilitate holding the threadlike body when the device is used without it having been cut.

    [0017] In addition, the body of the receptacle has, at its upper part, close to the mouthpiece, at least a hole, although preferably, two or three holes, horizontally aligned are included, which aim is to be able to break the void when the device is used and, as it is close to the edge, the no leakage of the flow is best secured when the receptacle is full.

    [0018] Last, the hygienic device for collecting the menstrual flow of the invention is produced in different sizes, preferably, three having different diameters in the cup-shaped receptacle and different lengths of the threadlike element to facilitate the withdrawal, adapted to the different needs of the users.

    [0019] The hygienic device disclosed for collecting the menstrual flow consists, therefore, of an innovating structure having characteristics unknown up to now for the purpose to which it is designed, reasons that jointly to its practical utility, provide it with sufficient foundation to obtain the privilege of exclusivity applied for.

    DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0020] To complement the description carried out and in order to assist to best understand the characteristics of the invention, attached to this specification, as an integral part thereof, is a sheet of drawings in which, for illustration and no limitation purpose, the following has been represented:

    The figure number 1.- It shows an elevation view of a hygienic device for collecting the menstrual flow, object of the invention, the parts and elements it comprises can be seen, as well as its configuration and arrangement; and

    the figure number 2.- It shows a view in perspective of the same example of the device of the invention shown in the figure 1.


    PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION



    [0021] Seen the figures disclosed, and according to the numerals adopted in them, a non-limiting example of device of the invention can be seen, which comprises the parts and elements that are indicated and disclosed in detail below.

    [0022] Thus, as it can be seen in the said figures, the device (1) involved comprises, in an already known manner, an impermeable and flexible body (2) of silicone, a cup-shaped receptacle, in which lower external part, the opposite to the mouthpiece (21), it possesses holding means (3) to proceed to its withdrawal after it is used, distinguished in that the said holding means (3) comprise a threadlike element (31), consisting in a long and thin extension of the material itself of which the body of the receptacle is made, having a sufficient length in order that , once the device (1) is placed in the body of the user, its distal end remains externally located.

    [0023] The said threadlike element (31), in addition, has a structure that can be easily cut, using a suitable cutting tool, by one, two or more points (32), so that the user can cut it at will until leaving it with a minimum length.

    [0024] For this, in the preferred embodiment, the threadlike element (31) has, at the proximal area, that joining it to the lower part of the body (2) of the receptacle, at least, a holding protrusion (33) when breaking or cutting the threadlike element by the breaking point (32) that leaves it at its minimum length, although, preferably, it has two protrusions (33) separate by a recess that, optionally, also constitutes a breaking or cutting point (32) of those precedingly disclosed.

    [0025] Anyway, also in a preferred manner, the distal end of the threadlike element (31) also has a protrusion (33), in this case to facilitate holding the threadlike body when it is complete.

    [0026] Last, at the upper part of the body (2) of the receptacle one or more holes (4) have been provided arranged close to the edge of the mouthpiece (21), horizontally aligned when there is more than one, that means, parallel to the said edge of the mouthpiece (21), with the aim of breaking the void when the device is used avoiding at same time the leakage of the flow through it when the receptacle is full.

    [0027] In addition, at the external part of the body (2) of the receptacle, several marks (5) have been provided indicating the capacity of the content the said receptacle has.

    [0028] Sufficiently disclosed the nature of this invention, as well as the manner of implementing it, it is not deemed necessary to extend any more the explanation in order that any man skilled in the art understands its scope and the advantages arising from it, and it is stated, within its essence, that it can be implemented in other embodiments that differ in detail of that indicated for example purpose, and to which the protection sought is applied for is extended, provided that its fundamental principle is not altered, changed or modified.


    Claims

    1. Menstrual cup for the collection of menstrual flow, comprising an impermeable and flexible body (2) made of silicone, receptacle-shaped, cup type, at which external lower part, the opposite to the mouthpiece (21), it has holding means (3) to proceed to its withdrawal after it is used, characterized in that the said holding means (3) comprise a threadlike element (31) consisting of a long and thin extension of the material of which the body (2) is made, where the threadlike element (31) is longer than the flexible body (2), such that, once the menstrual cup (1) has been placed in the body of the user, the distal end of the threadlike element (31) remains externally located.
     
    2. Menstrual cup for the collection of menstrual flow according to claim 1, wherein the threadlike element (31) has a structure easily cut by one, two or more points (32), so that the user can cut it at will until leaving it with a minimum length.
     
    3. Menstrual cup for the collection of menstrual flow according to the claim 2, wherein the threadlike element (31) has, at the proximal area, joining it to the lower part of the body (2) of the receptacle, at least, one protrusion (33).
     
    4. Menstrual cup for the collection of menstrual flow according to the claim 2, wherein the threadlike element (31) has, at the proximal area, joining it to the lower part of the body (2) of the receptacle, two protrusions (33) separate by a recess.
     
    5. Menstrual cup for the collection of menstrual flow according to any of claims 1 to 4, wherein the distal end of the threadlike element (31) has a protrusion (33) to facilitate holding it when it is complete.
     
    6. Menstrual cup for the collection of menstrual flow according to any of the claims 1 to 4, wherein the upper part of the body (2) of the receptacle is provided with one or more holes (4) close to the edge of the mouthpiece (21).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Menstruationstasse zum Sammeln des Menstruationsflusses, umfassend einen undurchlässigen und flexiblen Körper (2) aus Silikon, in Behälterform, vom Tassenyp, an deren äußerem unteren Teil, gegenüber dem Mundstück (21) sie Haltemittel (3) aufweist, um sie nach ihrer Verwendung zu entnehmen, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Haltemittel (3) ein fadenförmiges Element (31) umfassen, das aus einer langen und dünnen Verlängerung des Materials besteht, aus dem der Körper (2) gefertigt ist, wobei das fadenförmige Element (31) länger als der flexible Körper (2) ist, so dass, sobald die Menstruationstasse (1) in den Körper des Benutzers eingesetzt worden ist, das distale Ende des fadenförmigen Elements (31) extern gelegen bleibt.
     
    2. Menstruationstasse zur Sammlung des Menstruationsflusses nach Anspruch 1, wobei das fadenförmige Element (31) eine Struktur aufweist, die leicht um einen, zwei oder mehrere Punkte (32) abgeschnitten werden kann, so dass der Benutzer es nach Belieben abschneiden kann, bis es eine minimale Länge hat.
     
    3. Menstruationstasse zur Sammlung des Menstruationsflusses nach Anspruch 2, wobei das fadenförmige Element (31) im proximalen Bereich, der es mit dem unteren Teil des Körpers (2) des Behälters verbindet, mindestens einen Vorsprung (33) aufweist.
     
    4. Menstruationstasse zur Sammlung des Menstruationsflusses nach Anspruch 2, wobei das fadenförmige Element (31) im proximalen Bereich, der es mit dem unteren Teil des Körpers (2) des Behälters verbindet, zwei Vorsprünge (33) aufweist, die durch eine Aussparung getrennt sind.
     
    5. Menstruationstasse zur Sammlung des Menstruationsflusses nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, wobei das distale Ende des fadenförmigen Elements (31) einen Vorsprung (33) aufweist, um das Halten davon zu ermöglichen, wenn es vollständig ist.
     
    6. Menstruationstasse zur Sammlung des Menstruationsflusses nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, wobei der obere Teil des Körpers (2) des Behälters mit einem oder mehreren Löchern (4) nahe der Kante des Mundstücks (21) versehen ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Coupe menstruelle pour la collecte du flux menstruel, qui comprend un corps imperméable et flexible (2) réalisé en silicone, en forme de réceptacle, de type coupe, au niveau de la partie inférieure externe de laquelle, l'opposée de l'embout (21), a des moyens de prise (3) pour procéder à son retrait après son utilisation, caractérisée en ce que lesdits moyens de prise (3) comprennent un élément filiforme (31) consistant en une extension longue et mince du matériau dont le corps (2) est réalisé, dans laquelle l'élément filiforme (31) es plus long que le corps flexible (2), de telle sorte que, une fois que la coupe menstruelle (1) a été placée dans le corps de l'utilisatrice, l'extrémité distale de l'élément filiforme (31) reste située à l'extérieur.
     
    2. Coupe menstruelle pour la collecte du flux menstruel, selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle l'élément filiforme (31) a une structure facilement coupée par un, deux ou plusieurs points (32), de façon à ce que l'utilisatrice puisse le couper à son gré jusqu'à le laisser avec une longueur minimale.
     
    3. Coupe menstruelle pour la collecte du flux menstruel, selon la revendication 2, dans laquelle l'élément filiforme (31) a, au niveau de la zone proximale, le joignant à la partie inférieure du corps (2) du réceptacle, au moins, une saillie (33).
     
    4. Coupe menstruelle pour la collecte du flux menstruel, selon la revendication 2, dans laquelle l'élément filiforme (31) a, au niveau de la zone proximale, le joignant à la partie inférieure du corps (2) du réceptacle, deux saillies (33) séparées par un évidement.
     
    5. Coupe menstruelle pour la collecte du flux menstruel, selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, dans laquelle l'extrémité distale de l'élément filiforme (31) a une saillie (33) pour faciliter la prise de celle-ci lorsqu'elle est complète.
     
    6. Coupe menstruelle pour la collecte du flux menstruel, selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, dans laquelle la partie supérieure du corps (2) du réceptacle est pourvue d'un ou plusieurs orifices (4) à proximité du bord de l'embout (21).
     




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