I wanted my paragard out and I don't have insurance so after reading some forums I decided to do it myself.
I sanitized my hands, laid on my bed on my back like you would at the doctor's office, reached in and grabbed the string and gave it a gentle tug. It popped right out. No pain and very very mild discomfort. There was a drop of blood on it, but I kinda thought I would really bleed like after they put it in.
I then used a masengil medicated douche containing iodine to prevent infection.
My periods were insane on paragard and the menstrual odor was unbearable. I feel so happy that it's out and it took longer to wash my hands than to take it out.
If you have a low pain tolerance you may want to wait until your menstrual flow is heaviest while the cervix is softened. I had 2 huge babies and a high pain tolerance, but my cervix is sensitive and this still didn't hurt.
Relax, take a deep breath and pull gently.