2021-375 – Reusable Menstrual Pad with Magnet Attachment Mechanism

  • Accessible magnetic securement feature for low mobility individuals
  • Eco-friendly, reusable menstrual pad design

Abstract

Reusable menstrual pads are in increasing demand globally due to their durability and environmentally friendly footprint. In particular, the global feminine hygiene products market is expected to reach $27.7B USD in 2025, with projected highest growth in the reusable segment. Although most menstrual pads are designed for optimal absorption and comfort, there are design features that limit access to limited mobility or physically disabled individuals. For disposables, the process of peeling the adhesive off the pads and attaching them to fabric requires multitasking and physical coordination which is strenuous to many low mobility individuals. Alternatively, reusable pads typically employ a snap securement feature around the underwear which causes similar manual dexterity issues.

An alternative design which streamlines the pad application process and eliminates the use of adhesives in pad applications will greatly help limited mobility individuals. The inventors here propose a reusable menstrual pad with a magnetic attachment mechanism to underwear to help low mobility individuals place and secure their menstrual pad. See the product highlight in Medium linked below.

Website

https://umich.flintbox.com/technologies/2FEC2649056E4AAA9365186ED0B82A9E

Advantages

  • Minimal hand dexterity required for pad placement and securement
  • Eco-friendly alternative to disposable menstrual products

Potential Applications

  • Reusable menstrual or incontinence products

Contact Information

Name: Michelle Larkin

Email: MICHCOTE@umich.edu

Phone: 810-569-2583