Patent Number: 6,168,609

Title: Catamenial collector and methods of use

Abstract: A catamenial collector, in an embodiment, has a receptacle with a flexible hollow rim capable of inflation and has a handle with substantially the length of a female vagina. The collector may have a string, in one embodiment, extending through the rim and at least a portion of the handle so that a pulling force axially applied to a string end causes the receptacle to close. In another embodiment, an elastic member is so configured that deflation of the rim also causes the receptacle to close. The collector and associated methods of use provide for the sanitary collection and disposal of menses.

Inventors: Kamen; Dean L. (Bedford, NH), Gray; Larry B. (Merrimack, NH)

Assignee: Deka Products Limited Partners

International Classification: A61F 5/451 (20060101); A61F 6/08 (20060101); A61F 5/455 (20060101); A61F 6/00 (20060101); A61M 029/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018