In terms of good PCT - despite the abstract link I placed here earlier I cannot comment - the only bad recovery I every had was after the only cycle that included any PCT at all. Time is the important factor in my opinion. I also believe many individuals are so stressed about recovery that this itself actually impacts on recovery. In terms of the subjective feelings of recovery - I have spoken to many long term steroid users who were unsure of what "normal" felt like and actually judge their recovery on regaining the sex drive they had whilst using 500 mg of test a week!
2. Type of anabolic steroid(s) used: All anabolic steroids exhibit suppression or shutdown of the HPTA through the mechanisms of the negative feedback loop, and there are no exceptions to this. Various anabolic steroids are known as being mildly suppressive, while others are known as being heavily suppressive. This is all reliant on various different reasons, many of which will not be discussed here. In any case, no matter how mild or severe an anabolic steroid exerts HPTA suppression, all anabolic steroids when utilized for typical cycle lengths of weeks at a time will eventually cause the HPTA to shut down, or at the very least severely suppress its hormonal signal processes.