Paragard removal is non-surgical and done by a healthcare provider during a routine office visit in just a few minutes.

Paragard lasts for up to 10 years, but can be removed any time sooner if you decide to get pregnant.

If you use Paragard for 10 years, it must be removed on or before the 10-year anniversary of placement. You can have a new one placed during that same office visit.

Paragard Removal

To remove Paragard, your healthcare provider will:

  • Use an instrument to grasp the exposed threads of Paragard and pull downward
  • If desired, your healthcare provider will then insert a new Paragard

Some women experience discomfort during removal; however, the procedure generally takes minutes. In rare cases, Paragard may be hard to remove because it is stuck in the uterus. Surgery may sometimes be needed to remove Paragard.

Paragard is a hormone-free IUD (intrauterine device) that prevents pregnancy for up to 10 years using copper.


  • Don't use Paragard if you are or may be pregnant, have fibroids, a pelvic infection including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), get infections easily, certain cancers, unexplained bleeding, Wilson's disease,